By Jenny Skogen
Float into outer area with ladies looking for discovery in Yes She Did!: Aerospace.
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S. woman pilot, Harriet Quimby, did not receive her license until 1911. However, Todd showed the world that flight and innovation are not only for men. Women, too, can defy gravity. Though many people have followed in Lillian Todd's footsteps, there is one woman whose very name makes people think of flying. Ever since she was a little girl, Amelia Earhart was a thrill-seeker. Amelia's mother, also named Amelia, encouraged her daughters to run around the neighborhood, where they climbed trees and collected bugs.
Visibility was bad due to fog, her plane had a fuel leak, and her altitude gauge failed, which meant that Earhart could not tell how far above the ocean she was flying. When she finally landed in a sheep pasture in Ireland, Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic solo, and the first person to fly across the Atlantic twice. This flight wasn't just a grab for personal glory or attention. Earhart wanted to prove that in "jobs requiring intelligence, coordination, speed, coolness, and will-power," women were equal to men.
Pilot's license in 1921, Bessie Coleman was unable to do so because she was an African-American woman. Coleman did not let this prejudice stop her. In 1920, after finding out that she could qualify for an aviation license in France, Coleman learned to speak French and traveled to Paris. On June 15, 1921, Bessie Coleman became the first African-American woman to earn a pilot's license. S. would give her additional lessons. Not discouraged, Coleman trained in Europe and returned to America as a stunt pilot.
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