These “Ice Maidens” are the first all-women team to ski across Antarctica, and they proved to scientists that women are just as strong as men.
Six women, known as the Ice Maidens, crossed 1,056 miles of Antarctica by foot and on skis in 62 days and became the first all-women team to accomplish the grueling feat.
Researchers had previously believed women bodies were less capable of handling such extreme physical activity. But two army doctors set out to find a group of women to prove scientists wrong.
Researchers analyzed hormone levels and bone density in the women before and after their expedition and said they showed “marked resilience,” suggesting that women have just as much physical endurance as men.
The six Ice Maidens were selected out of more than 250 British army women who applied to join the expedition. The journey required the women to carry all of their own survival supplies between resupply points. They said they endured high winds and sub-zero temperatures throughout their journey.
The team crossed the finish line faster than they had anticipated. They say they hope their journey inspires other women to challenge themselves.
The British Army tweeted, “Congratulations Ice Maidens, The British Army’s Ice Maiden expiation has become the first all-female team to cross Antarctica using muscle power alone.”
Congratulations Ice Maidens. The British Army’s Ice Maiden expedition has become the first all-female team to cross Antarctica using muscle power alone. Ordinary women doing extraordinary things. #inspitation #icemaidens #findyourantarctica @exicemaiden pic.twitter.com/lrc4knekZ0
— British Army (@BritishArmy) January 20, 2018