In the field of aviation, women were a little late to the game, but they had been passengers on airships and heavier-than-air machines since the beginning. Later, aviatrices in Europe grew in number followed by American women. These female pilots were motivated by both personal and patriotic duties. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
|October 16, 1910||Women are becoming more frequent flyers, especially in Europe where female pilots are starting on the scene.|
|July 2, 1911||Harriet Quimby joins the list of female aviators as the first licensed female pilot in America.|
|August 3, 1911||Mrs. Russell Sage patrons Miss E. L. Todd, who is designing and building her own plane.|
|December 15, 1911||Articles published about how women may make better pilots than men because of the nature of their sex.|
|July 7, 1914||Female Pilot, Mrs. Hornsby, argues that women should not fly.|
|August 1, 1915||Helene Dutrieu is the first female air scout in the First World War. Other female pilots do their patriotic duty through the sale of bonds.|