Ladies of the Air

Ref: C2225367

Profusely illustrated, the course explores the contribution to aviation made by women. Examining the physical handicaps encountered in their desire to fly or work in aviation facing barriers of prejudice & hostility in a male dominated environment. Powerful female personalities & significant achievements are explored alongside the more trivial but still daring escapades as women sought to prove themselves of equal value in aviation during peace & war. Their mastery of increasingly complex aircraft & daring aerial manoeuvres are examined alongside contributions to exploration & air travel. Women risked their lives supporting nations at war & the thrust of aeronautics through the sound barrier & beyond earth’s atmosphere. We examine the aircraft they flew through the ages of aviation as they determined to prove their capabilities. The struggle for women’s equality in aviation has made great progress but there is still more to do as we look at the scenario today.

Course aim

To explore the contribution of female aeronauts and engineers. From ballooning to reaching beyond earth's atmosphere, it conveys their courage and achievements via powerful human interest accounts and illustrations.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • 1. Examine the role of women in aviation.
  • 2. Explore the personalities and achievements of pioneering air-women
  • 3. Understand the development of aircraft flown by women through the ages.
  • 4. Examine the contribution of women to aviation in wartime.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Ladies of the Air


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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