Look back through the encyclopedia of travel, and you’ll see a theme reflected throughout history: reaching from the odysseys of ancient Hellenic heroes, European conquistadores, and ‘New World’ settlers to the origins of modern aircraft and package holidays.
These movements were all helmed disproportionately by men, namely white men, whose voices overwhelmingly saturate society even today — and the travel industry is just one area where this disparity comes into play. With male-oriented stories, ideas, and perspectives dominating the majority of the space as they do, it perpetuates a view of the world steeped in patriarchal bias and privilege. But more and more, this imbalance is being challenged.
Female representation across senior roles within the sector is gradually increasing. Whilst the numbers may still need much improvement, they do provide proof of a revolution unfolding, telling of incredible female changemakers switching up the narrative with inspirational initiatives focused around travel, culture, global citizenship, and community. We’re sharing just a small percentage of some of these today in honor of Women’s History Month and the work that must continue hereafter.
1. Lola Akinmade Åkerström and Sara Mansouri, co-founders of Local Purse
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