She Made History By Skiing The South Pole, Then Called Out Sexist Trolls Who Doubted Her

"Now ski 37 days and 600km to the South Pole and you can eat it."

On January 13, 16-year-old Jade Hameister accomplished a feat that few people twice her age have ever done: she skied to the South Pole. That journey came not long after the teen previously skied to both the North Pole when she was 14 and the Greenland ice cap the following year, officially making her the youngest person to complete what's known as a "Polar Hat Trick."

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At a TEDx talk in Melbourne, Australia, in 2016, Hameister — who had then just skied to the North Pole — spoke about her desire to be the youngest person to pull off the feat. "As a young woman, I live in a world where I am constantly bombarded with messages to be less," she told the audience. "To eat less, to wear less, to be skinnier, to shrink my ambitions to fit in, to wait for my Prince Charming to come and save me, or to avoid activities that are for boys because I'm not as strong enough or as tough."

While it's obvious the Australian teen wanted more for herself, not everyone supported her empowering message. In fact, despite (and perhaps because of) all she has done, Hameister was not immune to hurtful, sexist comments from others. CBS News reports that when the talk was posted on YouTube, there were multiple responses that directed Hameister to "make me a sandwich," a catchphrase often used to demean women.

When her journey to the South Pole was complete, Hameister took that advice to heart and shared a photo of herself, below, at the locale with a sandwich in hand. "I made you a sandwich (ham & cheese)," she told her naysayers. "Now ski 37 days and 600km to the South Pole and you can eat it."

Not surprisingly, the photo has already been liked more than 4,000 times, and Hameister has received dozens of comments from those who are blown away by her accomplishments. As one Facebook user put it, "Take any thoughts of those negative comments and leave them right there next to that sandwich. Move on and keep living your excellent life!"

Though the idea of taking a sandwich to the pole was a joke throughout the trip, Hameister ultimately decided to have a little fun with the dig at the last minute. "The camp we were staying at was less than a (kilometer) away from the actual pole, so we were like, 'Let's just do it,' " she told CNN.

According to the outlet, Hameister was accompanied on the nearly two-month trip by a two-person camera team from National Geographic, which will be releasing a documentary about the record-breaking trek later this year. Hameister's father, and her guide, Eric Philips, also joined her on the journey.

Cover image: Volodymyr Goinyk / Shutterstock.com

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