Celebrating International Women’s Day
Today, on the 8th of March we celebrate International Women’s Day by looking back into the history books and remembering some of the fantastic women who will never be forgotten for their achievements and paving the way for women in aviation.
Katharine Wright Haskell
The sister of aviation’s most famous brother, Wilbur and Orville Wright, Katharine played a crucial role in the pioneering duo’s success.
In fact, Wilbur once said “if ever the world thinks of us in connection with aviation, it must remember our sister.”
In 1932, Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo. Earhart is fondly remembered for her ground-breaking achievements in aviation for women.
Emma Lilian Todd
Self taught inventor who began inventing in 1903. She went on to design an aircraft that was succefully flown by test – pilot Didie Masson as she was denied a pilot’s licence and could not fly the plane herself. She also founded the first Junior Aero Club in 1908 to help educate future Aviators.
Raymonde de Laroche
In 1908 she set her sights on a career in aviation and enrolled at Charles Voisin’s rudimentary flight school. On 8 March 1910, de Laroche became the first woman in the world to receive a pilot licence when the Aero-Club of France issued her licence #36 of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (International Aeronautics Federation or F.A.I.).
The French aviator was the first woman to pilot an aircraft, quite a feat during the time when the slogan ‘women cant drive’ was practically institutionalised.