Book Brief-ings by Julie Welch
Before Amelia: Women Pilots in the Early Days of Aviation
Two of the American women profiled are Katherine Stinson and Ruth Law. These ladies were exceptional aviation performers, twenty years before Amelia Earhart came on the scene.
Their lives and accomplishments are given the credit that they deserve by Lebow , each in their own chapter. (Thhe earliest pilots from France, Germany, Russia and England are all covered in a chapter a piece.] Their awards and firsts in aviation are covered in combination with personal stories from their lives away from the sky. The reader completes this section with a sense of who these women were and a very clear understanding of the role that they played in aviation history.
An unusual insight into the aviation efforts in England are also covered by the author in a section called, "The English Catch the Bug." The life of Hilda Hewlett is profiled along with pictures and several other key English female aviators.
The most unique feature of this book is the integration of aviation's female world players with details of the time era, helping to put into perspective what these women may have faced in order to decide to try aviation. The cultural standards of the time and the pressures that women faced were unlike anything that women of this generation have to face. The global perspective found within this book is refreshing, giving us a broad viewpoint and understanding of aviation as a whole.
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