The Freedom Traveller

Fighting barriers to women's mobility

Rosie Swale Pope, Queen of Endurance

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 in Women's Rights, Wonder Women

Rosie Swale Pope, Queen of Endurance

The Swiss born adventurer and marathon runner Rosie Swale Pope proves that no distance– literally– is too great, if you have the willpower and endurance to conquer it. Raised in Ireland by her bed-ridden grandmother, Rosie was home-schooled and later shipped off to a boarding school for girls. By the time she was 20, she had hitchhiked through Nepal, Delhi and Russia with very few...

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Helen Thayer, Explorer Extraordinaire

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 in Women's Rights, Wonder Women

Helen Thayer, Explorer Extraordinaire

“For us, it’s terribly important to be curious about other people and to know what they’re doing… Just because they’re different doesn’t mean they’re less. Sometimes they’re a lot more, a whole lot more.” (Thayer, 2007). I have never been one to purposefully adventure alone. I am captive of the things I’ve warned against– the need to...

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Shannon Galpin, Cycling Towards Freedom

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 in Women's Rights, Wonder Women

Shannon Galpin, Cycling Towards Freedom

At the age of 18, Shannon Galpin was beaten, raped, and left in the streets for dead. Instead of seeing herself as a victim, or her pain as insurmountable, Shannon perceived this terrible event as an opportunity to change the lives of others— to help women who are mistreated and exploited overcome the victimization that is projected upon them, and become voices that cannot be silenced, and...

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Founder’s Story

Posted on Sep 7, 2014 in Women's Rights, Wonder Women

Founder’s Story

As I flipped through the recent issue of Us Magazine, flashes of the past illuminated the dusty recesses of my mind, like studio strobes in a television studio. My mind was pulled back into another universe that revolved around a clingy but optimistic and determined 20-year-old who had not figured out her purpose in life. But, as fate had it, the winds of change swept my life in its path, and...

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Brin Enterkin, World Changer

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 in Resources, Wonder Women

Brin Enterkin, World Changer

Going to Berry College in Rome, Georgia was much quieter than the average American college experience. We did our best to rile things up, but living in a 27,000 acre natural paradise, within a quiet, dollhouse city gave the air a certain sleepy feeling, as though the dust were lazily suspended and the wind had fallen asleep. So it was a bit of a surprise to meet one person on campus who was not...

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Aiman Altaf, That Inspiring Girl

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 in Pakistan, Travels, Women's Rights, Wonder Women

Aiman Altaf, That Inspiring Girl

Let me introduce to you Aiman Altaf, an 11-year-old girl from Taunsa, Pakistan. For those who don’t know, Taunsa is a rural town in South Punjab (Pakistan). I have been frequenting the town since I was a child. It amazes me how nothing has changed there. Taunsa’s waste disposal system is seriously pathetic, with nothing done so far on behalf of the locals or the government to improve...

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