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In 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made history by successfully flying a plane of their own design. Though many men were inspired by their example, less is made of the many women who dreamed of taking to the skies.
In the early days of flight, people did not want women to become pilots. It was thought that they were not strong enough, that they were too emotional to cope with the inevitable emergencies, and that flying was just plain too dangerous to risk women who were wives and mothers. Against the odds, women sought out pilots who would give them flying lessons. Many, like Harriet Quimby, Matilde Moisant, Amelia Earhart, Emily Warner, Sally Ride, and others, demonstrated that women have the skills, courage, and determination to fly.
About the Authors
Partners in the firm of Homan and Reilly Designs, Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly bring extensive experience in historical research, writing, and creative design to their work. They are also coauthors of a book for adults, Black Knights: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen. They have also written a picture book for children, The Tuskegee Airmen Story, and a chapter book, Tuskegee Airmen: American Heroes, on the subject.
About the Illustrator
Illustrator Rosalie M. Shepherd is a landscape and portrait painter who works with oil, charcoal, and watercolor and has worked extensively as a graphic designer. She has illustrated all of Lynn Homan and Thomas Reilly’s children’s books and has also illustrated Clarence Thomas: Fighter with Words by the late David Collins.
WOMEN WHO FLY
By Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly
llustrated by Rosalie M. Shepherd
Foreword by Col. Eileen M. Collins
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women
TRANSPORTATION / Aviation / History
104 pp. 6 x 9
Ages 8-12 Grades 3-7
ISBN: 9781589801608 hc