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WAI offers something new: an aviation pioneer tote bag that inspires! Follow in their footsteps and blaze your own trail. The Pioneer Tote, in royal blue, does more than carry your stuff in style-it starts a conversation!

100% Cotton Tote, Royal Blue
Size: 15" w x 16" h

Minimum $25 donation.

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AMELIA Earhart began flying at the age of 23. She obtained her license with money she saved from her salary as a nurse. In April 1928, she joined a transatlantic flight as the first woman passenger and became a national heroine.
NELDA Lee is responsible for flight and ground test engineering for the four military aircraft that are manufactured in St. Louis for the Boeing Company, including the F-15Eagle, AV-8 Harrier, T-45Goshawk, and F/A-18 Hornet.
HARRIET Quimby spent her early career as a writer. She became the first licensed female pilot in the U.S. on August 11, 1911 (10 years prior to Amelia Earhart). In November 1911, she was one of the first women to fly an airplane in Mexico.
PATTY Wagstaff flies one of the most thrilling acrobatic performances in the world. She is a three-time U.S. National Acrobatic Champion and six-time member of the U.S. National Aerobatic Team.
JERRIE Mock was inspired at age 38 to "add a bit of fun" to her life. She flew her 1953 Cessna 180 on a solo around the world flight becoming the first woman to fly from the U.S. to Africa via the North Atlantic. She set 21 records for speed and distance.
BERYL Markham was a British-born author, aviator, adventurer, and racehorse trainer. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west, and is now primarily remembered as the author of the memoir West With the Night.
SALLY Ride became the first American woman to soar into space, and captured the nation's imagination as a symbol of the ability of women to break barriers. She was also a physicist, a science writer, and an inspirational advocate for science literacy.
BOBBI Trout decided to learn to fly from the day she saw her first airplane. Her first ride was in 1922 in an OX5 powered Jenny. By age 22, she had earned enough money for flying lessons and became the fifth woman in the U.S. to obtain her transport license.
TAMMY Duckworth is a retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. serving as the junior U.S. senator for Illinois since 2017. Previously, she represented Illinois' 8th district for two terms (2013-2017) in the United States House of Representatives.Despite a debilitating war injury, she has successfully completed several Chicago Marathons.
WALLY Funk was the first woman to flight instruct at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, at age 20. She has over 18,600 flight hours and has taught over 2,000 students to fly. She continues to dream of going to space, and has put money down to be one of the first people to fly on Virgin Galactic.
MOYA Lear raised four children with her husband, William Powell Lear, and was key in the success of the Lear autopilot, Learstar, and Learjet. She served as board chairman of Lear Avia Inc. after her husband passed and brought the airplane to its successful first flight.
OLIVE ANN Beech, and her husband Walter, co-founded Beech Aircraft Company in 1932. She served as secretary, treasurer, and director until her husband died. She took over as president and CEO transforming Beech Aircraft into a multimillion-dollar, international corporation.
NICOLE Malachowski learned to fly at an early age, and in 1997 graduated at the top of her U.S. Air Force pilot training class. She served in three operational F-15E squadrons as an instructor pilot and flight commander. Nicole was the first woman to serve on the Air Force Thunderbirds.
BESSIE Coleman learned to speak French and earned enough money to go to Paris and earn her pilot license on June 15, 1921, from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. She became the first African-American to earn an international pilot's license.
WASP, the Women Airforce Service Pilots, was formed in August 1943 as an adjunct to the Army Air Forces' war effort. More than 1,000 WASP flew over 70 million miles and delivered 12,650 airplanes across the country before the program was suspended in December 1944.

Since 1992, WAI has honored women who have made significant contributions as record setters, pioneers, or innovators by recognizing yearly inductees to the WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame. Visit www.WAI.org/pioneers to learn more about our featured tote bag inductees and hundreds more.

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