Once a month I write a column for Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (smartbitchestrashybooks.com) called “Kickass Women in History”. This month, I wrote about Sophie Blanchard, balloonist. she was the first woman to pilot a hot air or gas powered balloon solo, and she was famous for her exhibition flights and long distance flights in the early 1800s. On the ground, Sophie was famously fearful – she hated carriages and loud noises. In the air, she was fearless, and she combined her skill as a pilot and an entertainer with great business sense. Sophie died in a ballooning accident in 1819.
For more about Sophie, check out my article over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books: http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/2015/03/kickass-women-in-history-sophie-blanchard/