Courtesy of the National Women’s History Museum:
Many people have heard about Amelia Earhart but have you heard of Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock? In 1964, Mock became the 1st woman to fly solo around the world. Her trip spanned 29 days during which the mother of three had to navigate bad weather and military controlled airspace as well as troubleshoot faulty wiring and brakes. When Mock returned she was asked questions like, “You left your husband alone for 29 days. What did he do? I mean, who cleaned the house and all?” When asked why she had attempted this feat she said, “It was about time a woman did it.”
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