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.