Bessie Coleman


Bessie Coleman

Today’s Phenomenal Woman: 

Bessie Coleman (1892–1926)


  • first black woman to earn a pilot’s license
  • First black woman to stage a public flight in America
  • Listening to and reading stories about World War I pilots sparked her interest in flying
  • Denied entry into flying school in the U.S., she taught herself French and moved to France to earn her license
  • specialized in stunt flying and parachuting, and earned a living performing aerial tricks


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