Title: The Daring Miss Quimby
Author: Suzanne George Whitaker
Illustrator: Catherine Stock
Publisher: Holiday House
Concepts: jobs, careers, economics of gender
Review: A risk-taker and go-getter by nature, Harriet Quimby used her position as journalist to defy the prevailing stereotypes about women and write about how women could repair cars, find jobs, and budget income. She also sought out adventure when writing her articles, such as the time she raced around a track at 100 miles per hour when covering a story about a race car. Not surprisingly, an opportunity to research an air show led her to take up flying lessons, and in 1911, Harriet became the first woman in the United States and just the second woman globally to earn her pilot’s license. Shortly thereafter, Harriet became the first woman to fly across the English Channel, a dangerous feat that only the very best pilots in the world attempted.
Although she perished in a flying accident at a young age, Harriet Quimby left behind a legacy that helped to inspire countless women after her to enter into male-dominated occupations and to shatter perceptions about what women could and could not do. This well-written book makes an important contribution by bringing Harriet’s accomplishments to light for younger readers who otherwise might start their timeline of women’s aviation history years later.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children