Today in Feminist History is our daily recap of the major milestones and minor advancements that shaped women’s history in the U.S.—from suffrage to Shirley Chisholm and beyond. These posts were written by, and are presented in homage to, our late staff historian and archivist, David Dismore.
August 1, 1911: An American woman has now joined the ranks of licensed aeroplane pilots!
Early this morning, Harriet Quimby earned License #37 from the Aero Club of America, an affiliate of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. This is the first license the Aero Club has issued to a female pilot in its six-year history. Few other women in the world have been licensed to fly. Raymonde de Laroche was the first of six European women who presently hold licenses there, ending the male monopoly on pilot’s licenses on March 8, 1910.
Getting officially licensed…