Beyond The Powder: The Legacy Of The First Women’S Cross Country Air Race

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Beyond The Powder: The Legacy Of The First Women’S Cross Country Air Race
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Cleveland Public Library says
The eyes of the world were on Cleveland and a group of female aviators in 1929. A group of women pilots set out to change the world as they took off cross-country from Santa Monica, California bound for Cleveland, OH in the first Women’s Air Derby (also known as the Powder Puff Derby.)

These intrepid women, including Amelia Earhart, took to the skies in open-cockpit airplanes, at a time when there were no aviation maps. They survived grueling flying schedules and stood strong in the face of discrimination and criticism which claimed women should be home in their kitchens rather than flying airplanes. These women pioneers just wanted to fly and they wouldn’t let anyone end their adventure!

Join us for a FREE screening of Hemlock Films’ Beyond the Powder followed by a discussion with its Emmy Award-winning Filmmaker, Kara Martinelli, Producer/Cinematographer Adam White and some of the modern-day women who compete in today’s Air Race Classic.
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By: Cleveland Public Library

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