Lisa Rands changed perceptions of women in climbing by pushing herself on hard and high boulders, and by representing the USA with victories at major international bouldering competitions, becoming the first American to win a Bouldering World Cup in 2002.
But when the World Cup winner returned to the USA and was told that women could only win a quarter of what the men would be offered in the biggest bouldering showdown in the country, she stood up for women’s rights and refused to take part until, at the last moment, the organizers agreed to make the prize money equal.
Where would women’s climbing be today if it were not for people like Lisa?
As the 2-times World Cup Winner Alex Johnson stated: “Thank you Lisa for, not just opening the door, but kicking it in. For women’s bouldering everywhere… We are eternally grateful.”
Image: A Rock & Ice article featuring Lisa was titled “World Domination” and shows Lisa at the competition mentioned above.