Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space

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ABC-CLIO, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 286 pages
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This unusual encyclopedia, which extends our knowledge of women's roles in aviation beyond Amelia Earhart, Beryl Markham, and Sally Ride, offers such information as how women surmounted hurdles from finding instructors to dealing with sand in the gas tank, severed brake lines, and other dangerous sabotage by jealous male pilots; the pioneering efforts and accomplishments of the first black female aviators; the reluctantly accepted contribution of women pilots to the Allied cause in World War II; how the "rules of propriety" were used to deny women the right to fly seaplanes; and contemporary problems of women pilots, from sexual harassment to denial of earned promotions. More than 250 A-to-Z entries focus on individuals, events, institutions, and organizations, including biographies of famous women pilots the world over. There are plenty of photographs of aviators and their machines, handy cross-references, and a bibliography.

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Of the books on female aviators, aeronauts, and astronauts currently in print, few match the geographic and chronological scope of this work. Welch, a former high school teacher and current story ... Read full review

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Dawn Comer Jefferson Dawn Comer Jefferson is a television writer whose credits include Judging Amy, South of Nowhere, The Bold & the Beautiful and the Los Angeles Holiday Celebration. Dawn was nominated for an Emmy Award for Our Friend, Martin, an animated family film about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. With Rosanne Welch, Dawn co-edited the nonfiction book, Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work, and Family (Seal Press). Rosanne Welch Rosanne Welch, PhD has written for television (Touched by an Angel, Picket Fences) and print (Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work and Kids and The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space). In the documentary world she has written and produced Bill Clinton and the Boys Nation Class of 1963 for ABC NEWS/Nightline and consulted on PBS's A Prince Among Slaves, the story of a prince from West Africa who was enslaved in the 1780s, freed by order of President John Quincy Adams in the 1820s and returned to his homeland.

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