Rose de Freycinet stowed away on her husband’s ship 200 years ago. Here’s why her journey still matters

More than 200 years ago, a 22-year-old French woman cut off her hair, disguised herself as a man, stowed away on a ship, and became the first woman to document a circumnavigation of the world.

But her story was almost lost to the world, thanks to male editors and censorship.

And it might have stayed hidden forever, were it not for a modern push to bring women’s perspectives to the fore.

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