Women in Black History

colemanbessie_01 by . Bessie Coleman, Pilot

Bessie Coleman is a pioneer to women in aviation. During a time of racial and gender discrimination she overcame both racial and gender barriers to become the world’s first African American female pilot. Because flying schools in the United States would not allow her entry, Bessie taught herself French, moved to France to attend flying school, and in 1922 earned her pilot’s license. Bessie was the first African American woman to earn an international pilot’s license.

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