Climate Change, LBGTQ Rights, Empowering Girls - Ann Bancroft

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Climate Change, LBGTQ Rights, Empowering Girls - Ann Bancroft

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 28, 2019

For the rest of Women's History Month, we will be highlighting a few Minnesotans who have worked to make our state and the world a better place.

Ann Bancroft is recognized as the first known woman to have reached both North and South Poles. She made history once again in 2001 when she and Liv Arnesen became the first women to cross Antarctica. She has raised awareness of Global Warming and campaigned against a proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution to make same sex marriage illegal. She is also an internationally recognized leader who is dedicated to inspiring women and girls around the world to unleash the power of their dreams.

These cats-eye sunglasses were used by Bancroft during the 1986 North Pole expedition.