Keith O'Brien at the Brown County Library
“A riveting account that puts us in the cockpit with Amelia Earhart and other brave women who took to the skies in the unreliable flying machines of the ’20s and ’30s.” —PeopleMagazine
ABOUT THE BOOK
FLY GIRLS is the true story of women willing to risk everything, even their lives, to do the thing they loved. It’s the hidden history of women striving to change the world, despite defeat after defeat. These female fliers – sometimes called “fly girls” – shattered the original glass ceiling, battled injustices which feel all too timely today, fought the men trying to stop them, and ultimately prevailed.
FLY GIRLS tells of 5 remarkable women who came from all classes and all over the country:
· Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout from Fargo, North Dakota;
· Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcee;
· Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled;
· Ruth Nichols, society girl from Rye, NY, who chafed at the constraints of her blue blood family’s expectations.
· And Louise Thaden, the mother of two young kids who got her start selling coal in Wichita, Kansas.