It’s said Alaska—and Juneau in particular—is home to some of the most badass women in the world. From fierce adventurers to athletes that can deckhand a fishing boat, to women who choose to live without electricity or running water; local Alaskans can hike up mountains with skis on and seemingly survive anything that Mother Nature throws at them.
Alaskan women have mastered the art of thriving and surviving in ways that are impressive. Many of these intrepid women have positioned themselves in Juneau, the capital city and southeastern hub of Alaska that is neither the largest city in the state, nor the most accessible.
To get to Juneau, travelers must fly or take a boat—those are your only options. Built in a hurry during the gold rush of the late 1800s, the city’s geography cuts it off from modern day road systems, making this gem of a destination hard to get to. Juneau’s seclusion makes its history with Russian colonization, Alaska Natives, gold, and oil revenues feel at once like a best-kept secret and a coveted prize.
Unearth Women staff writer, Jenna Kunze, traveled to Juneau to explore the many local shops and businesses being run by women today. From female owned museums to restaurants helmed by wife and husband duos, these local businesses are worth the trek to this beautiful Alaskan city.