My theme this year is the ABCEDARIA of Women who have inspired me.
Q is for Harriet Quimby, first American woman pilot. No, it wasn't Amelia Earhart!
She was also the first woman to fly across the English Channel. She was a whirlwind of activity and promotion, that girl. Perhaps the Perils of Pauline were based on her - I totally made that up but now I'm going to check to see if it is true.
Full disclosure - I had no idea of this woman before yesterday. I just didn't. I couldn't find a Q until her. So it pays to have an unusual last name I guess! She was a journalist for several years before the flying bug hit. Unfortunately she did not fly for long. At the age of 37 she died falling out of a nose-diving plane. She'd been flying for less than a year.
I'm inspired by Miss Quimby because she stood up to the conventions of the day and insisted that she be allowed to follow her dream. I like that sort of pluck!
Any surprising heroines in your life?