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Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History (2018)

de Keith O'Brien

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Biography & Autobiography. Transportation. Nonfiction. Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi-day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly, pursuit. Fly Girls recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky. O'Brien weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout who worked for a dry cleaner in Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcee; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at the constraints of her blue blood family's expectations; and Louise Thaden, the mother of two young kids who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to race against the men-and in 1936 one of them would triumph in the toughest race of all.… (mais)
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I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying ( )
  abhkolo | Apr 25, 2023 |
This is an excellent book. All women need to read this and tell our girls these stories. ( )
  JRobinW | Jan 20, 2023 |
A fascinating look at some of the woman who were the first to pilot planes. Before I read this book I had no idea that aviation races played a big role in the history of aviation, nor who the women were (besides Amelia Earnhardt) who defied tradition and took to the skies. They faced criticism from their families and communities, and often found it hard to raise the funds to obtain airplanes and other equipment. Not to mention leaving families behind to pursue their dreams. But these woman persisted anyway, risking their lives to set records and prove that they were just as air-worthy as men - despite having female parts and even periods. I highly recommend this to those who love history books, especially those that bring woman's stories to the forefront. ( )
  debs4jc | Dec 19, 2022 |
Absolutely fascinating story about women pioneers in aviation. While they founded the 99ers, most of them had numerous crashes and many lost their lives. Of course the most famous one was Amelia Earhart. Many men didn't think women should fly but they pursued. This book is well worth the read. ( )
  wincheryl | Jun 20, 2022 |
So I found the first half of the first chapter a little hard to get into, but it was smooth sailing after that.

In my continuing education of thing I would have loved to have studied in school this book fills a vital roll in both American history and aviation history. Read it.

Side note: Amelia Earhart is no really that badass. ( )
  anthrosercher | Jul 11, 2021 |
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If you tell me why, or how, people fall in love, I will tell you why, or how, I happened to take up aviation.
- Louise Thaden, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 1930
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In 1926, there were countless ways to die in an airplane. (Introduction)
The coal peddlers west of town, on the banks of the Arkansas River, took note of the new saleswoman from the moment she appeared outside of the plate-glass window.
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Biography & Autobiography. Transportation. Nonfiction. Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi-day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly, pursuit. Fly Girls recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky. O'Brien weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout who worked for a dry cleaner in Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcee; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at the constraints of her blue blood family's expectations; and Louise Thaden, the mother of two young kids who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to race against the men-and in 1936 one of them would triumph in the toughest race of all.

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