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Top 10 Trailblazing Women Travelers (PHOTOS)

Posted: 03/08/2012 6:00 am

In honor of International Women's Day (March 8), the team at Cheapflights is offering a very grateful thanks to women globetrotters and adventurers who've paved the way for us all.

The global day of recognition, a national holiday in many countries like China and Russia, celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Appropriately enough, we're taking this opportunity to celebrate 10 of the top trailblazing women travelers.

-- Lauren Sullivan

Harriet Martineau (1802-1876)
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Harriet Martineau was wildly disappointed by America when she made a visit during a two-year trip around the States. Considered the first female sociologist, Martineau controversially spoke out against slavery when the topic was still a major point of contention in American society. Also a feminist, she was unimpressed by the treatment of women in the free nation, drawing parallels between America's women and its slaves. After returning home, Martineau published "Society in America," a caustic review of the country, and inspired generations of feminists, sociologists and -- of course -- travelers.

Photo: Harriet Martineau Wikipedia
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