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Barbara A. Schaefer - Associate Professor of Education (E&S PSY), Penn State University Park

Book Title: Annapurna, A Woman's Place, 20th anniversary edition

Author: Arlene Blum

Book Description:

This book celebrates the triumph of the American Women's Himalayan Expedition in reaching the 26,504 ft. peak of Annapurna I in Nepal in 1978--an historic feat by an all-women team that put the first American on the summit. Detailing the sacrifices and intense preparation of the 13 climbers on the team, this book celebrates the accomplishments of the team members, remembers the two women who died on the trek, and provides updates on the later accomplishments of these pioneering women. In 1986, I received the original as a gift from my aunt, Anne Schaefer, and it proved to be inspirational to both of us. Inasmuch as the promotion and tenure process requires determination and I am the first woman to earn tenure from Penn State's School Psychology Program, this selection seems apropos as it reminds me to appreciate the inroads women have made in academia, to celebrate individual accomplishments, and to anticipate continued progress.

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