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Dalton to discuss “Fly Girls” at July Luncheon with Books

New Albany MS Fly Girls Luncheon with books Women in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s is the topic of the July Luncheon with Books.

Luncheon with Books will be held Tuesday, July 16 at the Jennie Stephens Smith Library in New Albany.

Bethany Dalton will discuss Keith O’Brien’s Fly Girls: How Five Women Defied All the Odds and Made Aviation History.

Pilot Club will host a light lunch beginning at 11:30AM.

From Amazon Review of Fly Girls:

Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly, pursuit. Fly Girls recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky.

–Barbara Fuller
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