All-woman team to embark on expedition to South Pole


Members of a team of women aiming to ski across Antarctica to the South Pole are to give a public lecture on their planned expedition.

The lecture will take place at the Lucy Cavendish College Centre for Women and Leadership tomorrow (11 March 2003) at 5.30pm and will discuss the issues of leadership, ageing, and group dynamics facing the women in this extreme environment.

The Centre for Women and Leadership (CWL) and the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Social and Political Sciences are undertaking a study on the expedition members. Dr Eileen Richardson, Director of the CWL, believes this research will provide an opportunity to observe the team as they train, maintain motivation, and develop physical and emotional fitness.

'Never before have a group of women in this age group offered themselves as research subjects on an undertaking such as this. The research will cover preparation for the venture, what it's like out there, and what happens when they get home.

'Along with mental stamina, how decisions are made and how their bodies cope are issues that will emerge as fundamental to the success of the venture. Our research aims to map and evaluate these issues,' she said.

All the members of the team are aged between 50 and 60-years-old with many different reasons for joining the expedition. One of these, Lynne Berry, explains her motivation for undertaking the expedition:

'The challenge of this expedition is in proving that older women can achieve astonishing goals, work together effectively, face great danger with confidence, and determine that age will be no barrier to courage and success.'

The Spirit of the Age team are:

  • Jennifer Bernard, Director of Children and Young People Services, NSPCC

  • Lynne Berry, Chief Executive, General Social Care Council; Chair, Child Poverty Action Group

  • Caroline Brock, Civil servant, Department of Health

  • Dorothy Dalton, Chairman and founder of Journey of a Lifetime (JoLt) Trust

  • Susan Day, Community Macmillan Nurse

  • Liz Embry, NHS community midwife, TA nursing officer

  • Celia Hall, Medical Editor, Daily Telegraph

  • Sandra Jones, Executive Producer, BBC Current Affairs

  • Lesley Raymond, Writer, Department for Work and Pensions

  • Jackie Wilkinson, Charity director

    The three speakers on the 11 March 2003 are Lynne Berry, Caroline Brock and Dorothy Dalton.


    For more information, contact:

    Dr Eileen Richardson, Director, Centre for Women and Leadership, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. Tel: 01223 766983; e-mail:

    Laura Morgan, Press and Publications Office, University of Cambridge. Tel: 01223 332300; e-mail:

    Reproduced courtesy University of Cambridge Press Office

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