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First All-Women Scientific Expedition to Antarctica Will Take Place in 2016

First All-Women Scientific Expedition to Antarctica Will Take Place in 2016

For the first time in history, a female-only team of scientists will make a scientific expedition to Antarctica.

During the expedition, the women will study climate change, shattering the glass ceiling holding women back from a career in science.

Through the Homeward Bound program, 1,000 female scientists will be brought together from around the world over the next decade.

Antarctica reflects change for the state of the climate, Women in the World reports.

"The most pressing concern for scientists at the moment is climate change. Antarctica is like a canary in the mine," said Dr. Amanda Davies, a geographer and social demographer who will be part of the Antarctic team.

Davies, 35, is also a working mother and hopes that she can show women that they can balance motherhood with a career.

"You don't have to be some kind of robot. You don't have to pretend your kids don't exist."

The women will depart from the tip of South America in December 2016.

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