Monday, February 16, 2009

Deep Sea Explorer

How many women who graduated in 1955 wind up a full-half century later as National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, a founder of a company that is designing an undersea vehicle to allow "full working access to the world's oceans?"

Often referred to as "Her Deepness," Sylvia Earle is highly likely the only one. And she is an outstanding example of BOLD. She has:

*done research 100 feet underwater while pregnant
*led an all-female group of researchers who lived underwater for two weeks (after being shut out of an earlier expedition with men because the organizers couldn't handle the coed deepsea dorm idea)
*explored sunken battleships of the South Pacific
*in 1979, "walked untethered on the sea floor at a lower depth than any living human being before or since"
*raised three children and published a dozen-plus books

If you want to make a small bold move on behalf of protecting oceans (like the Atlantic at Wrightsville Beach where I grew up): here are ten actions to choose from. Or do them all.

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Mojo said...

I had to chuckle at the phrase "at a lower depth than any living human being". I'd say that was pretty bold, definitely.

But if you really want bold, and I'm talking about the not-for-the-weak-at-heart brand of bold, there's a new blog that just went live yesterday written by a friend of mine that I'd invite you and your readers to check out. It's called Violence Unsilenced. And the stories there, by their very existence, are the definition of bold.

Seems like that'd make them right up your alley.

Peggy Payne said...

Thanks, Mojo. I do endorse the speaking out on domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Another good site on this subject offers peer support for adults who were sexually abused as children: Kelley Harrell's Saferoom Project: