Fly girls: how five daring women defied all odds and made aviation history

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A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER "Exhilarating." -- New York Times Book Review " Riveting. " -- People "Keith O'Brien has brought these women--mostly long-hidden and forgotten--back into the light where they belong. And he's done it with grace, sensitivity and a cinematic eye for detail that makes Fly Girls both exhilarating and heartbreaking." -- USA Today The untold story of five women who fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s -- and won 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. Like Hidden Figures and Girls of Atomic City , Fly Girls celebrates a little-known slice of history in which tenacious, trail-blazing women braved all obstacles to achieve greatness.
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display_description "High adventure and high ideals merge when a corps of intrepid female aviators battle to take part in the hugely popular air shows of the 1920s and 1930s. Ultimately, one of our heroines would win a race that earned her the right to be called America's best pilot"--
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subject_facet Air shows -- United States -- History, Air shows -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature, Audiobooks, Biographies, Women air pilots -- United States -- Biography, Women air pilots -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature, Women in aeronautics -- United States -- Juvenile literature
title_display Fly girls : how five daring women defied all odds and made aviation history
title_full Fly Girls How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History, Fly girls : how five daring women defied all odds and made aviation history / Keith O'Brien, Fly girls : how five daring women defied all odds and made aviation history / by Keith O'Brien
title_short Fly girls :
title_sub how five daring women defied all odds and made aviation history
topic_facet Air shows, History, Nonfiction, Women air pilots, Women in aeronautics