It’s just in the nick of time, but we couldn’t let Women’s History Month go by without a salute to some of the adventurous women who have blazed trails, in this case literally reaching new heights. Kudos to the the early lady pilots known then as aviatrixes, many of whom have been hidden too long in the shadow of AmeliaEarhart. And of course, Nameberry being Nameberry, our choices were based as much on their interesting names as on their accomplishments.
Aida de Aosta was an American socialite who in 1903 was the first woman to solo pilot a powered aircraft—a dirigible--after only three flying lessons. Her melodic, operatic Spanish name, largely associated with the Ethiopian princess title character of Verdi’s opera, is rarely heard outside the Latino community, but in this time of love for all A-starting girls’ names, this could and should change.