“When we asked for financial support for our expedition, I was told many times, ‘Women shouldn’t be climbing Everest,’ ” she recalled in a 2003 interview with Agence France-Presse.
“They told me bluntly, ‘Forget about climbing. Rather than that, why don’t you just take care of your kids?’ ”
Junko Tabei, mountaineer, pianist, teacher, editor
Junko Tabei, a Japanese mountaineer who became the first woman to reach the world’s highest peak when she climbed Mount Everest in 1975 and who scaled the tallest mountains in more than 70 countries, died Oct. 20  at a hospital near Tokyo. She was 77.
Matt Schudel, Washington Post, continued/source