Women in Aviation: Daring, Defiant, Determined

“Women do not have the strength or temperament to fly planes. The sky is the domain of men.”

Such was the accepted belief of many in the early years of aviation. Right from the start, women refused to stay on the ground. They defied social norms and took to the sky.

The struggle for women pilots has not been easy or without cost. Yet every woman who claimed her right to fly opened the airways for her sisters to follow. Today, women pilot commercial, private, and military aircraft.

In this exhibit you will learn about female aviation pioneers from Bessie Coleman to Amelia Earhart to Jeannie Leavitt. You will also learn about Virginia pioneers as well as the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).


Exhibit made possible by Foundation for Roanoke Valley and Community Catalyst Funds