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    8 famous female aviators: Bessica Raiche | MNN - Mother Nature Network

    From M.I.A to a surrealist feminist photographer and the first black female aviator, designer Claire Barrow selects 5 radical females from culture: www.dazeddigital....

    Eileen Collins

    Carte-de-visite portrait of Edmonia Lewis (1845-1890), African American Sculptor. Lewis, the first famous American sculptor of African descent, had a Chippewa mother and a free black father. After being orphaned at age twelve, she was adopted by abolitionist parents and eventually developed into an accomplished Neo-classical sculptor. While in Rome, she worked and exhibited with the likes of Harriet Hosmer. #Victorian #women #artists

    Baroness Raymonde de Laroche

    Amelia Earhart

    Due to the non combat nature of their work, Air Transport Auxilliary used women pilots to deliver aeroplanes to the various units .Here a brand new Supermarine Spitfire on its way ~

    Eartha M.M. White and her mother Clara White, 1910. A former opera singer, Eartha helped create the first school for black children in the Bayard neighborhood of Jacksonville. Eartha lived frugally on a teacher's wages, so she could support philanthropic causes. In 1904, she founded the Clara White Mission to honor her mother, a former slave who ran a soup kitchen in her home. Founded to serve blacks in segregated Jacksonville, the Clara White Mission now serves people of all races.

    Elizabeth Chambers's WASP portrait from her official personnel folders (OPF).

    Willa Brown

    Two Steampunk wanderers, perhaps a female aviator, and a man with a crystal heart?

    The first Afghan female pilot. Let me repeat, first. Afghan. Female. Pilot. Yeah, its pretty impressive. (And sexism is dumb.)

    Elsa Andersson - Sweden’s first female aviator

    Li XiaQing 李霞卿, first Chinese female pilot

    Matice Wright, the Navy's first African American female naval flight officer.

    Helen Richey (1909 – 1947) was a pioneering female aviator and the first woman to be hired as a pilot by a commercial airline in the United States. Richey also was the first woman sworn in to pilot air mail and one of the first female flight instructors. American Heroine. The kind of Woman You want Your Daughter to know about and say, "Mommy, when I grow up, I want to be just like Her."

    reparations: A female Lockheed employee works on a P-38 Lighting - Burbank, CA - 1944

    During Women of Aviation Week, we honor the female pioneers who created careers and inspired millions against the odds.

    Famous women pilots preparing to take part in the 1934 Memorial Day air races at Dycer Airport. In front row kneeling is Gladys O’Donnell, who last year entered seven races and won six. Seated is Ruth Elder, famous flying beauty. Standing left to right: Kay Van Doozer, Myrtle D. Mims and Clema Granger.

    The first female Secretary of the Air Force, Dr. Sheila E. Widnall.

    Onita Thorley Topping, 1930s aviator, was at one point the only female pilot in Utah--San Diego Air and Space Museum