Two American women set mountain climbing records in the early 1900s.
While exploring the Himalayas with her husband, Fanny Workman set a height record for women, as the first to climb a 23,300-foot mountain, in 1906.
Two years later, in 1908, Annie Peck reached the top of the north peak of Mount Huascaran in Peru and believed she had set a new record.
Workman, however, sent a scrientific team to determine the mountain’s height, and they found it was only 21,800 feet, well under Workman’s record.
Although Peck lost the contest, the peak was named Cumbre Ana Peck in her honor. A committed suffragist, Peck stuck a banner reading “Votes for women” at the top of 21,250-foot Peruvian peak in 1911.
She was 61 years old at the time.