In my routine travels around the ‘net, I came across this absolutely fascinating article called “Women of the World.” As well-researched news articles go, it’s certainly not comprehensive (besides, everything we read on the internet is true, right? RIGHT??), but it sure gives some fascinating names for future research.
My favorite is Maud Parris, a Yukon dance-hall girl, whose divorce proceedings ended with her mother and father leaping over the bench to punch her husband and the two opposing lawyers engaging in fisticuffs. I’d love to see two lawyers duking it out in court, particularly in what I imagine to be the dignified manner (and wigs) they would have put on way back then (she was born in 1878).
The quarrelsome point I have with this article is that it finishes with, “They don’t make them like that any more.” Excuse me, Myrtle Ryan, but they bloody well do! For all inspiring female travelers of the modern world, doing fantastically adventurous things, I say: play on, ladies.