Morris County Book Club March Meetup
mer. 20 mars 2019 à 23:30
FLY GIRLS: HOW FIVE DARING WOMEN DEFIED ALL ODDS AND MADE AVIATION HISTORY
by Keith O'Brien
Non-Fiction; 352pp. In honor of Women’s History Month, our March selection is “Fly Girls” by Keith O’Brien. Like “Hidden Figures” and “The Girls of Atomic City,” this book celebrates a little known slice of history in which tenacious, trail-blazing women braved all obstacles to achieve greatness. “Fly Girls” tells 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 events and cities vied against each other to host them. Male pilots were hailed as dashing heroes who stared death in the face; but, female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to capitalize on a manly, 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 cleaners in 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 children 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. Follow us on Facebook!
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