Female Astronauts float in Space

Pioneering Women in Aerospace

Women have flown since 1908, each generation breaking down new barriers and gaining access to careers in the military, commercial cockpits, laboratories, and space. From the first woman to earn her pilot’s license to the programmers who made our trip to the Moon possible, we celebrate the women of the past and look toward what will be achieved in the future.

Notable Figures in Aerospace

Mary Riddle with plane

Pilot Mary Riddle

Portrait of Claudia Alexander

Scientist Claudia Alexander

Lee Ya-Ching, Stinson SR-9B Reliant

Pilot Lee Ya-Ching

Willa Brown

Lieutenant Willa Brown

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women in aviation and space history

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"It is a very overpowering realization that the Earth is so small -

The atmosphere looks like a ribbon with different colors hugging the Earth. That, in addition, lends so much to its fragility. It affected me. I could not get over the notion that in such a small planet, with such a small ribbon of life, so much goes on." - Kalpana Chawla

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