Dame of the Day: Junko Tabei

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Today’s Dame of the Day is Junko Tabei (September 22, 1939-). While studying English literature in college, Tabei founded the Ladies’ Climbing Club. After climbing Mount Fuji and other large mountains around Japan, Tabei decided to go big. In 1975, she became the first woman to summit Mount Everest and, in 1992, became the first woman to complete the Seven Summits. When she’s not climbing, Tabei continues to champion environmental preservation.

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