Yesterday and Today’s Unforgettably Inspiring Women

Not all of their names may be known, but every one of the women featured here has played a major role in having not only formed history but continuing to make it as well.

Harriet Chalmers Adams

Chalmers Adams was canoeing down the Amazon River at a time when women were expected to be at home looking after the family. Image: United States Library of Congress

Although not a familiar name to many, Harriet Chalmers Adams lead a very exciting, seat-of-your-pants life.

Her job as a photographer for National Geographic made her life a truly memorable one.

As a founder of the Society of Woman Geographers, she has been to every part of the world.

From canoeing down the Amazon to Turkey, Haiti, Siberia, France and many others, Harriet Chalmers Adams However has seen them all.

Besides her incredible spirit and beautiful travels, Harriet also had a sharp mind.

She was the only female journalist who had access to the trenches of northern France and Belgium in the First World War.

She was a wartime report for Harper’s magazine at that time.

People are still in awe of Chalmers Adams’ photographs and reporting done from the front lines of the war for National Geographic.