I confess that I’m powerless to my own curiosity when I cross paths with a unique and inspiring organization. I found one recently that transcends the generations of adventure and science–or should I say it found us? One of the founders, Milbry Polk, invited Nau to the 5th annual “Women of Discovery Awards Celebrationâ€? in New York City. Founded in 1993, WINGS WorldQuest is a nonprofit “dedicated to promoting and celebrating the contributions of extraordinary women explorers.â€? This small organization has created a way to shed light on the achievements of a variety of adventurous and extraordinary women. Here are a few examples:
Inspiration from the Past
Annie Peck lived from 1850-1935, and at the age of 44 she quit her career as a Latin Professor at Smith College to become a mountaineer. She was the first to ascend Mt. Huascaran in Peru on Sept 2, 1908–elevation 22,205 feet.
Living in the Present
Inspired by Marco Polo, Kate Harris and Mel Yule embarked on an adventure most of us only dream about. Both recent college graduates, they cycled the historic Silk Route in the Xinjiang region of northwest China last summer.
Number of Kilometers: 4,000
Number of WWQ Flags on Expeditions around the world: 11
Number of minutes in this video about their bike tour across China: 3
Science for the Future
Janine Benyus is a WWQ Humanity Award Winner for being the founder of the Biomimicry Guild. “Biomimicry is a new discipline that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. Studying a leaf to invent a better solar cell is an example of this innovation inspired by nature.â€? Nature is used as a model, mentor, and measure for solving human problems.
Learn more at WINGS WorldQuest.