Kickass Women in History: Sophie Blanchard

Once a month I write a column for Smart Bitches, Trashy Books ( 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: