Smithsonian Libraries Celebrates Women Pioneers in Air & Space

As the month of March winds down, the Smithsonian Libraries (SIL) honors Women’s History Month by celebrating women pioneers in the field of air and space.

Women’s History Month: An American in Paris, Thérèse Bonney

Born in upstate New York, Thérèse Bonney(1897-1978), was a photojournalist whose work reflected a wide variety of interests and subjects. She studied at the University of California at Berkeley and Radcliffe College in the 1910s. Bonney immigrated to France in 1919 where she became one of the first ten women to graduate from the Sorbonne and founded the first American illustrated press service in Europe, the Bonney Service, in 1924. 

Women in Aviation

This post was contributed by Chris Cottrill, Head Librarian, National Air and Space Museum Library. The first years of early 20th century aviation were a time of rapid technological change in aircraft design and experimental flights.  They were also years of opportunity for some women, to test the rules of polite society by learning to go aloft in these new “flying machines.”  Aviation journals of the day noted that women were interested in aviation in Europe and North America and that some were piloting aircraft up into the sky. Examples of this interest can be seen in the pages of the magazine Aircraft (1910-1915), digitized by the Smithsonian Libraries.

Women’s History Month DIY Project

Feeling a little geeky? Nostalgic for the days when NASA has less computing power than your cell phone? In honor of Women’s History Month, the Libraries and the National Museum of American History would like to enable you to build your own ENIAC. (well, maybe not really build – but you could learn how to run one!)

Women in Aviation

March is designated as Women’s History Month. This is the time when schools, museums and libraries focus on programs that showcase the numerous achievements and accomplishments of women throughout history.

Women’s History Month: Celebrating Girl Scouts

It's not just about the cookies . . . March 12 was Girl Scout Day. Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927) founded the Girl Scouts of America. She organized the first Girl Guides troop in 1912 in her hometown of Savannah, GA. The name was changed to Girl Scouts in 1913. The first commemorative stamp was issued October 29, 1948 in her honor. The stamp was 0.84 by 1.44 inches, arranged horizontally, in a blue-green color, and the printing of 60,000,000 stamps was authorized at that time.—Beverly Coward Sources consulted: Stamp Design Files, Scott 974 Topical Time, Vol. 8-9, 1957-58, HE6187 T65X NPM For Women's History Month: Women Who left Their "Stamps" on History

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