Women’s History Month: High-flying heroines

March 29, 2012 Linda Rosenkrantz

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 Amelia Earhart. And of course, Nameberry being Nameberry, our choices were based as much on their interesting names as on their accomplishments.

Harriet Quimby

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Harriet Quimby has many firsts on her record—first US female licensed pilot, first to make a night flight and first to pilot her own plane across the English Channel. The name Harriet, despite a respectable historic and literary pedigree, has been off the Top 1000 for more than forty years, though we have been hearing rumblings of some brave souls interested in reviving it.


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