Certainly there are far more opportunities for women to work in the polar regions now than there used to be, I’m glad to say. For example, The British Antarctic Survey is now open to women, which it wasn’t until 1983 when I was studying zoology at University. I certainly like being able to encourage girls and young women to follow their dreams — whatever it is, you can do it if you really dedicate yourself. I’m delighted to now be involved with Girls Who Click
, a fabulous organization, which encourages girls who want to be wildlife photographers and uses their work to further conservation efforts around the world. I think it’s important to encourage young people and tell them that they too can do it! I struggled to find my own way and it took my seven years to get into the BBC Natural History Unit after writing my first letter to them, and I always tell people, if I can do it, anyone can!