A Woman to Know: Sylvia Earle

No water, no life. No blue, no green. — Sylvia

(Photo by Bates Littlehales)

Sylvia Earle's accolades are numerous: she's a National Geographic explorer-in-residence. She was the first female chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She's logged thousands of hours underwater. She's inspired hundreds of marine biologists to pursue their dreams, and she's spoken out about ocean conservation, wildlife endangerment and more. They call her "Her Deepness."

But this was the factoid I loved the most: in 1970, Sylvia led the first team of female aquanauts (don't you love that word? "aquanauts") on a two-week stay in an underwater habitat (treacherous, sure sure, groundbreaking, sure, but that word. Those ladies. "Aquanauts").

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