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Jackie Cochran was an important contributor to the formation of the wartime Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) and Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).

Jackie Cochran at the 1938 Bendix Air Races; Jackie Cochran was an important contributor to the formation of the wartime Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) and Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).

Mary Wilkins Ellis, a female ATA pilot. They were the first ever to receive equal pay for equal work in British history.  But the bias of male colleagues was harder to overcome. Some flat out refused to fly with or be trained by women pilots.

Mary Wilkins Ellis, a female ATA pilot. They were the first ever to receive equal pay for equal work in British history. But the bias of male colleagues was harder to overcome. Some flat out refused to fly with or be trained by women pilots.

Jacqueline Cochran, American aviatirix. The first woman to break the sound barrier. Born in rural Florida in the early 1900s in poverty she had no shoes until she was eight years old and was illiterate until adulthood but didn't stop her becomeing the first woman to break the sound barrier and holding more speed records than any of the men. She also founded a cosmetics company.

Before the United States joined World War II, Cochran was part of "Wings for…

Pilot of the U.S. Women’s Air Force Service by Peter Stackpole, 1943

“A pilot of the U. Women’s Air Force Service at Avenger Field, Texas, in by Peter Stackpole (via LIFE) Happy Women's History Month!

Irish champion speedway motorcyclist Fay Taylour, in the 1920's

Irish champion speedway motorcyclist Fay Taylour, in the style fashion leather riding outfit pants jacket helmet boots

The women workers of WWI are the definition of empowerment. Women pilots in flying suits.

The women workers of WWI are the definition of empowerment

The women workers of WWI are the definition of empowerment - Women pilots in flying suits.

Jewish resistance women, among them Malka Zdrojewicz (right), who survived Majdanek extermination camp.

Women Jewish resistance fighters captured by the Germans during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, among them Malka Zdrojewicz (right), who survived Majdanek extermination camp.

In 1928, Aviatrix Elinor Smith, then 16, earned national recognition as the youngest pilot to receive a license from the FAA. Orville Wright signed her license. Smith is the first -- and only -- pilot to fly under all four bridges over the East River in NYC.

In Aviatrix Elinor Smith, then earned national recognition as the youngest pilot to receive a license from the FAA. Orville Wright signed her license. Smith is the first -- and only -- pilot to fly under all four New York East River bridges.

American pilot Margaret Ray (WASP) in flying gear, date unknown ~

American pilot Margaret Ray in flying gear. Ray flew with the United States Army’s Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program, ferrying aircraft from factories to military bases in the continental United States.

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