- Aug 29, 2000
Someone recently suggested a tribute to the great women of the Gilded Age- oft forgotten. The pampered and dainty morsels were certainly around, but there were the Molly Browns and Lady Duff Gordons as well- ladies ahead of their time with All the Right Stuff! My toast for tonight are the aviatrices (had to look up the plural of aviatrix!!)Harriet Quimby, first Lady Licensed pilot- bless her- in her plum satin flying knickerbockers (the snaps came undone to turn those snappy britches into a skirt) made headlines in 1911- she flew the English Channel first -8 years after the Wright Brothers made the headlines. She was on the front page April 15, 1912 but another story garnered the attention that day!Hooray for Mathilde Morisant (1911), Georgia "Tiny" Broadwick who was the first 1913 Lady Parachute Jumper, and Katherine Stinson who in 1913 did the first loop de loop and started a flying business with her Mom. You go girls! And little Marjorie Stinson -the youngest pilot who started a flight school and trained WWI Royal Canadian and American war pilots and became the first Air Mail pilot- recognized by the postmaster general! Those magnificent gals in their flying machines!