Antarctic Pioneer - Dundurn

Antarctic Pioneer

The Trailblazing Life of Jackie Ronne

Available May 10th 2022

$ 25.99


Jackie Ronne reclaims her rightful place in polar history as the first American woman in Antarctica.

Jackie was an ordinary American girl whose life changed forever after a blind date with rugged Antarctic explorer Finn Ronne. After marrying, they began planning the 1946-1948 Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition. Her participation was not welcomed by the expedition team of twenty-three red-blooded males eager to prove themselves in the hostile, remote environment.

On March 12, 1947, Jackie Ronne became the first American woman in Antarctica and, months later, one of the first women to over-winter there.

The Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition secured its place in Antarctic history but its scientific contributions have been overshadowed by interpersonal conflict and the dangerous accidents that occurred. Jackie dedicated her life to Antarctica through promoting the achievements of the Expedition and her husband’s legacy as an Antarctic explorer. In doing so, she helped shape the narrative of twentieth-century Antarctic exploration.



Joanna Kafarowski

Joanna Kafarowski, Ph.D., is an independent scholar and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an Affiliate Member of the American Geographical Society, and a Member of the Society of Woman Geographers. She is an inveterate traveller and currently divides her time between Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and Marple, Cheshire, England.

Book Details

May 2022
6x9 in
288 pp