On January 26, 2017, Google brought the spotlight back to Bessie Coleman on her 125th birthday. Bessie was the world’s first licensed African American pilot.
When Bessie couldn’t find anyone to teach her to fly, she went to France, completing a 10-month course 3 months early. In 1922, she returned to Europe for study the chief pilot at Fokker Aircraft. in Germany. Back in the U.S., air shows and daredevil stunts earned her the nickname “Brave Bessie.” She was one of America’s most popular stunt fliers when she died in a tragic accident in 1926. She was honored with a U.S. postage stamp in 1995.
World history is replete with women who never gave birth but left footprints that live on in Earth’s second millennium. Have an addition to this list? Let us know.
Jane Addams-Social justice advocate
Louisa May Alcott – Children’s Author, Little Women, Little Men
Coco Chanel–Fashion Designer
Shirley Chisholm-First Black woman to serve in U.S. Congress
Chyna-Pro wrestler; first and only woman to win World Wrestling Federation Intercontinental Championship
Dorothea Dix-Social Justice Activist
Elizabeth I-Queen of England
Zora Neale Hurston-Author
Anna Jarvis-Creator of Mother’s Day (U.S. holiday)
Harper Lee-Author (To Kill a Mockingbird)
Mary Marshall–City of New Orleans pioneer
Gloria Naylor-Author; The Women of Brewster Place, Linden Hills
Rosa Parks-Civil rights icon
Eva Peron-former First Lady of Argentina
Ayn Rand-Author, The Fountainhead; Atlas Shrugged
Janet Reno–lawyer; US Attorney General (March 1993-January 2001); First woman to serve in the position
Mary Telfair–City of New Orleans pioneer