- from Explorers
Most explorers have been men. Until recently, women were expected to stay home. In the nineteenth century, however, when trains and fast ships made long-distance travel easier, some women took a very bold step. They set out to explore the world for themselves.
Born in 1850, Annie Smith Peck went against the strict Victorian standards of the day to follow her dreams. She had two goals in life. One was to climb a peak where no human had ever stood before. The other was to reach a higher altitude than any woman before her. In August 1908, at age 57, Annie Smith Peck set out to achieve her goal. After six challenging tries, she finally did!