Revisit The Landmarks Of Female Activists For International Women’s Day

By Emeric Brard
on 7 March 2023

To mark International Women’s Day on the 8th of March,2023, Lonely Planet celebrates places where “female activists, artists, pathbreakers and icons have studied, lived, worked, reigned and explored”. In Her Footsteps is the travel guide that takes readers to the places where we can explore the places lived and loved by our female icons.

By discovering some landmarks of female achievement around the globe, readers will retrace their footsteps and relive the events that occurred. Whether it be visiting the Parisian café where French writer, intellectual and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote some of her ground-breaking yet controversial texts, travelling to the launch site for the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, or visiting Michelle Obama’s childhood home. 

Read about some of the big names like Rosa Parks, the heroes of the past including Queen Seondeok, and also the present in Greta Thunberg. There are over 200 women from all walks of life profiled in In Her Footsteps

Amongst the many inspirational women are five Australians: 

  • Emily Kame Kngwarreye
in her footsteps, Emily Name Kngwarreye

Indigenous Australian artists from the Utopian community who is recognised as one of the most prominent artists in the history of indigenous Australian art during the 20th century. 

  • Miles Franklin
Miles Franklin, In Her Footsteps

Writer and feminist best-known for her novel My Brilliant Career. 

  • Nancy Bird Walton
Nancy Bird Walton, In Her Steps

The pilot known as “The Angel of the Outback” and also the founder of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association. She was also the youngest Australian woman to gain a pilot’s licence. 

  • Cathy Freeman
Cathy Freeman, In Her Footsteps

The former sprinter who specialised in the 400 metres event who won gold in the Olympics, gold twice in the World Championships, and gold four times in the Commonwealth Games.

  • Truganini

Widely considered as the last full-blooded Aboriginal Tasmanian. 

In Her Footsteps, Lonely Planet

The book is available now to purchase for $34.99 here.

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