The Interesting History of Women in Aviation

The Interesting History of Women in Aviation

Many people who haven’t explored or dived deep into the world of aviation are often in awe when they learn about the profound role women have played in the history of aviation.

They have inspired many young girls and shown by example to boldly follow their dreams and not conform to rigid gender roles.  If you want to learn more about the history of women in aviation, read on:

Women Have Been Interested in Aviation Since 1908

There is something liberating and joyful about the idea of soaring high in the skies and defying all.  Back in the early 1900s, women had to go through a great deal of hardship and scrutiny in order to fly in the skies.  They would generally be restricted to general aviation and be given jobs of secondary importance.

Many women in the aviation world look up to Harriet Quimby who was the first woman to receive a pilot’s license.  She was a prolific writer who felt the desire to fly high in the skies and write about her flight experiences.  The magazine company she worked for was willing to pay for her flight lessons, and she soon found herself in the aircraft, flying across the English Channel.

Women Had an Immense Role to Play in World War 2

World War 2 was a time of great conflict and grief.  Many men lost their lives, and the country experienced great economic loss.  In order to meet the need of the hour, many bold women rose to the occasion and received training to fly military planes.  An elite group was formed, which was named the ‘Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs).  Unfortunately, the contribution of the WASPs was neglected and overlooked through the years.

However, it did mark the entry of women into the aviation world.  They started receiving many serious job roles.  They became more involved in the process of aircraft production and testing.  Many women also became flight instructors and flight controllers.

Women Made Many Incredible World Records

Women showed tremendous talent and skill in the flight.  They created and broke many unbelievable world records.  Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly all by herself across the United States, while Geraldine Mock was the first woman to fly around the world.  Bessie Coleman was the first African American and Native American pilot.  She was extremely popular and was envied by others for her mind-blowing flying abilities.

Amelia Earhart

Aviation in the Modern Day

Many things have changed over the years, and the world has realized that women have plenty to contribute to the aviation industry.  At present, many women get to experience the joy of flying on military and commercial flights.  The gender bias in the aviation industry has died down considerably, and women.

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