Happy Birthday, Ruth Nichols. While most people know who AmeliaEarhart is, far fewer people know our Ruth Nichols. Nichols was a contemporary of Earhart and one of only a handful of women pilots. Nichols became the first woman in the world to earn an international hydroplane license. In 1927, she was one of the first two women to receive a Department of Commerce transport license. In 1931, Ruth Nichols broke three major women’s records: altitude, speed and distance. Nichols and Earhart founded the Ninty-Nines, an organization promoting women pilots.
Happy Birthday, Katherine Pettit. Pettit was a social reformer and progressive educator. Inspired by Jane Addams’ Hull House, Pettit raised enough money to establish a permanent settlement in the mountains.Pettit and May Stone co-founded Hindman Settlement School, in Knott County, Kentucky.