Harriet Quimby-First American Woman Pilot and a Michigander! via Zoom
March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm| Main Library (Traverse City)Free
Join the Historical Society of Michigan as they talk about Harriet Quimby, the first woman pilot who just happens to be from Michigan!
Less than eight years after the Wright Brothers first flight, Harriet Quimby became the first American woman and second in the world to receive a pilot’s license. On April 16, 1912, she became the first woman to fly across the English Channel, a significant feat in the early history of aviation. Throughout her career (first as a journalist) and perhaps her greatest contribution, Quimby encouraged women to follow all the pursuits men followed, including dangerous activities like flying. “Men flyers have given the impression that aeroplaning is very perilous work, something an ordinary mortal should not dream of attempting,” she once wrote, “but when I saw how easy men flyers handle their machines, I said I could fly. Flying is a fine, dignified sport for women, it is healthy and stimulates the mind.”
Let’s learn about this amazing woman during Women’s History Month.
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Picture: Harriet Quimby’s Greeting in France
Good Housekeeping Magazine. September 1912. “Woman’s Record in Aviation.” Page 317