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Senior Sergeant Roza Shanina was a sniper in the WWII Soviet Army. She racked up at least 54 kills of German soldiers before her death from wounds at age 20. She served part of the time in an all-woman sniper unit. Before the war she worked as a kindergarten teacher.
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As a young woman, Helen Richey (1909-1947) was often photographed in menswear, posing with girlfriends in her hometown near Pittsburgh. Her father bought her a plane when she earned her pilot's license at 20. Helen was Amelia Earhart's copilot on one flight across the Atlantic. She became the first woman hired to be a pilot by a commercial airline in the US. She was the first woman licensed as an aviation instructor. She was the first woman to fly a scheduled mail flight. During WWII sh...