During a 5,000 mile solo bicycle ride from southern California to Maine, Tessa Hulls heard the same thing daily: that a woman can’t travel alone.
She began researching other women who traveled solo in different ways, and became fascinated with many in stories from the early 20th century: explorers, mountaineers, and even a circus performer—women who defied expectations and embarked on unprecedented journeys, but whose stories have remained largely untold.
Using historical photographs, primary documents, and hand-drawn illustrations, Hulls takes participants into the lives of intrepid female adventurers who lived through the turn of the 20th century—before the right to vote or the right to own property. In sharing these stories and her own, Hulls illuminates the power of history in today’s world and demonstrates why female role models are vital in affecting social change.
NOTE: Like the adventurous women before her, Tessa Hulls will be embarking on a solo journey into the woods from April – October 2019. She will be off the grid as the recipient of the 2019 Pen Northwest/Margery Boyden Wilderness Residency, and is not available for presentations during this time. Please contact the program manager, Hannah Schwendeman, if you would like to connect with Tessa about future presentations.
Read a comic by Tessa here.
Tessa Hulls is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and outdoorswoman who focuses on women’s stories, and her writing has appeared in the Washington Post and Atlas Obscura’s Kickass Women series. She is a frequent public lecturer and performer, and has appeared at the Seattle Art Museum, Washington Ensemble Theater, Annex Theater, and other locations.
Hulls lives in Port Townsend.
For more information on how to book a speaker, please contact Hannah Schwendeman at (206) 682-1770 x101 or by email.