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Ruth Elder: Aviator & Actress

Ever since journalist and screenwriter Harriet Quimby became the first American woman licensed as a pilot in 1911, many women have been breaking barriers to find their place in the sky. Ruth Elder was determined to become the female Charles Lindbergh, and the first woman to cross the Atlantic. She was a charter member of The Ninety-Nines, starred in Moran of the Marines (1928) and The Winged Horseman (1929), and took part in the Women's Air Derby which took place on August 18, 1929, along with twenty other women.

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Joan of Arc: “A Useless, Infamous, Dishonored Woman”

Joan of Arc was born in the village of Domrémy (now called Domrémy-la-Pucelle in her honor) in either 1412 or 1413 during the series of conflicts which we now call the Hundred Years War. Her military career lasted between April 1429, when she left with troops to help raise the siege of Orléans, and May 1430 when she was captured by troops loyal to John of Luxembourg.

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