A Woman's Place Is at the Top (Hardcover)

A Biography of Annie Smith Peck, Queen of the Climbers

By Hannah Kimberley

St. Martin's Press, 9781250084002, 368pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2017



Annie Smith Peck is one of the most accomplished women of the twentieth century that you have never heard of. Peck was a scholar, educator, writer, lecturer, mountain climber, suffragist, and political activist. She was a feminist and an independent thinker who refused to let gender stereotypes stand in her way. Peck gained fame in 1895 when she first climbed the Matterhorn at the age of forty-five - not for her daring alpine feat, but because she climbed wearing pants. Fifteen years later, she was the first climber ever to conquer Mount Huascaran (21,831 feet) in Peru. In 1911, just before her sixtieth birthday, she entered a race with Hiram Bingham (the model for Indiana Jones) to climb Mount Coropuna.

A Woman's Place Is at the Top: The Biography of Annie Smith Peck is the first full length work about this incredible woman who single-handedly carved her place on the map of mountain climbing and international relations. Peck marched in suffrage parades and became a political speaker and writer before women had the right to vote. She was a propagandist, an expert on North-South American relations, and an author and lecturer contracted to speak as an authority on multinational industry and commerce before anyone had ever thought to appoint a woman as a diplomat. With unprecedented access to Peck's original letters, artifacts, and ephemera, Hannah Kimberley brings Peck's entire life to the page for the first time, giving Peck her rightful place in history.

About the Author

Hannah Kimberley is an academic who has made Annie Smith Peck the focus of her scholarship, resulting in her book A Woman's Place Is at the Top. She is considered the authority on Peck, and her work has been referenced for numerous publications such as American National Biography and National Geographic, anthologies on women explorers and works of history such as A World of Her Own: 24 Amazing Women Explorers and Adventurers and Continental Divide: A History of American Mountaineering, and publications by the Rhode Island Historical Society.