The Right to Vote


Dur­ing the late 1800s, when women were get­ting their start in alpin­ism, men be­gan rock climb­ing in the Elb­sand­stein of Sax­ony, the Lake Dis­trict of Eng­land, and the Dolomites. While OG Jones was mak­ing his 1897 FA of the Lake Dis­trict’s Kern Knotts

Crack ( 5.8 PG-13), women were think­ing of the right to vote. An­nie Peck, a found­ing mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Alpine Club, climbed Corop­una ( 21,079 feet) in Peru in 1911, and waved a ban­ner atop the sum­mit read­ing “Women’s Vote.” Mean­while, Fanny Bul­lock Work­man, while sur­vey­ing glaciers on an ex­pe­di­tion in the Karako­ram, was pho­tographed with a “Votes for Women” sign ( left). ( Work­man trekked to the Hi­malayas to climb Pin­na­cle Peak [ 22,735 feet] in 1906, es­tab­lish­ing a new fe­male al­ti­tude record.) Through the ef­forts of Work­man, Peck, and count­less other suf­fragettes, women won the right to vote with the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the 19th amend­ment on Au­gust 18, 1920.

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