Helen Richey: Flying the Unfriendly Skies

She dared to wear pants, flew a plane for 237 hours straight, and paved the way for women in aviation, including recent hero Tammie Jo Shults who landed Southwest Flight 1380. Despite all this, she faced cruel and crippling sexism at work, leading to a tragedy.

Squad Goals: Henriette DeLille and Sisters of the Holy Family

Over the last two years we’ve added several impressive ladies to our squad: Qiu Jin, Juliette Gordon Low, Canada’s Famous Five, and the “lady killers” of the game of bridge, Fritzi and Rixi, also known as Frisky and Bitchy. But we have a special place reserved, of course, for sisters. Today we’re honoring a different kind of sisterhood – that of the 175-year old,African-American Roman Catholic order of the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Recent Past: Dorothy Counts

Imagine the meanest, worst-behaved 15-year-old boys you’ve ever encountered. Now add a thick coat of racism, total non-intervention by teachers and school staff, and the fact that a black girl entering an all-white school was entirely unprecedented, and you might get some idea of what Dorothy Counts experienced as she walked into the school.