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Ann Bancroft
(1955 - living) U.S.A.

Ann Bancroft

Explorer, teacher


Ann Bancroft is a lesbian phys-ed teacher and polar explorer. She is the first woman to go to both North and South Pole. Ann travelled to the North Pole by dog sled in 1985 as part of a team with seven men, and skied to the South Pole in 1992 with three other women. Her story is told in Dorothy Wenzel's On Top of the World.

Ann BancroftAnn's other achievements include founding and leading the Ann Bancroft Foundation, a non-profit organization that celebrates existing and potential achievements of women and girls. She has been featured in the book Remarkable Women of the Twentieth Century (1998); inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame (1995); named Ms. Magazine's "Woman of the Year" (1987). She is currently serving on the National Women's Hall of Fame board of directors and has been a spokesperson for the M.S. Society, United Way, United Cerebral Palsy and the Learning Disabilities Association.

She is not the actress Anne.


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