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American Women and Flight since 1940 Paperback – January 16, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0813190730 ISBN-10: 0813190738

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"I have nothing but admiration for Douglas's expanded account of the many contribution women have made to the history of flight." -- Ann Carl, author of A Wasp Among Eagles

"A wonderful service to all women in aviation. From the Air Transport Auxiliary of the 1940s -- we 24 gals that Jackie Cochrane took to England to ferry aircraft -- to the present, this book will be an essential tool for students and researchers." -- Ann Wood-Kelly, original member of the ATA, later Staff Vice President of Pan Am

"An accomplished historian, Debbie Douglas has written the authoritative account of contemporary American women's contributions to civil and military aviation. Based on solid scholarship, this even-handed book documents not only women's numerous aerial feats, but what transpired on the ground for them to be able to achieve in the air." -- Capt. Rosemary Bryant Mariner, United States Navy (Ret.), former tactical jet pi

"An excellent survey of the progress and accomplishments of women in all aspects of aviation in the second half of the 20th century. Douglas reveals the hard-fought struggle to attain real equality in the cockpit, as part of the larger societal struggle, and her first-rate bibliography includes non-aviation gender titles and studies. The book is an important motivational and educational resource for young women." -- Dorothy Cochrane, Curator, Aeronautics Division, National Air and Space Museum

"The numbers of women pilots sharing the skies with men have advanced at turtle-speed. However, Deborah Douglas offers evidence that women of talent and persistence are making dramatic inroad into all fields of aviation. Her powerful story offers assurance to every young girl that only the imagination, not the sky, is the limit." -- Gene Nora Jessen, author of The Powder Puff Derby of 1929

"An interesting and compelling read about awe-inspiring women who pursued their passion against imposing odds and often with extreme sacrifice." -- H-Minerva

"Reading like a novel, but too unbelievable to be one, Debbie Douglas' work is a powerful statement of how women have changed the world of flight." -- Roger Launius, Chair, Division of Space History, Smithsonian Institution

"Journal of Transport HistoryThis book... is not just about obstacles and barriers; it is just as much about the vital roles women have played in aviation, and it has implications that are broader than just women's history." -- Technology and Culture

"Provides a thorough analysis of the barriers women had to overcome in aviation, even in roles more socially acceptable than pilot, astronaut, or air-traffic controller." -- Wellesley Magazine

About the Author

Deborah G. Douglas is the Curator of Science and Technology at the MIT Museum and a specialist in aviation history. She lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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