I’ve never been super adventurous, myself, and I’ve never set any records. I did, however, hoola hoop in in my driveway for three hours one time. I’d been practicing each day to prepare myself to set the record. I figured my mother could throw me peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to sustain me. That was before I actually got the Guiness Book of World Records in the mail and researched the situation. The record was like, five days or something. That was the end of my record breaking attempts.
Zara Rutherford, however, is not messing around. At nineteen, this Belgian woman just set the record for the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe. 155 days and 32,000 miles, plus she’s the first person to have done so in an ultralight plane.
Zara’s journey was inspired by her mission to inspire girls and young women to enter STEM fields, aviation in particular. Only 5.1% of airline pilots are women, and Rutherford hopes to improve that number. She’s also a strong supporter of the non-profit, Girls Who Code.
She did have some challenges along the way as she was forced into an unscheduled landing due to wildfires over California and temperatures above Siberia was exceptionally cold. But at least her mom didn’t have to throw her peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Great work, Zara!