Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman was the first Black person to hold an international pilot’s license and the first Black woman to hold an aviation license. She was barred from flight school in the U.S. so she traveled Europe to get advanced instruction and got a job as a stunt pilot. In fact, Paris was where she got her international pilot license. Bessie died at 34 before she could open her own school for Black pilots. Also, she was stunningly beautiful. Such perfect skin. Such full lips. And you can just see the determination in her eyes. Oh, be still my beating heart!
Maj. Lorraine R. Johnson, who is fighting attempt to discharge her from the Army Reserve Nurse Corps because she became a mother, shown with son, Tommy, 2.July 12, 1970
Los Angeles Times
Lorraine had been a member of Army Nurses Corps since 1958 and was only 8 years away from the 20 year requirement for full retirement benefits. Mothers had been banned from service in the Army Reserve Nurse Corps since 1951. After Lorraine filed her lawsuit, the Army granted her a waiver and she was allowed to remain a member of the Reserve Corps. By 1975, all branches of the US military lifted their bans on pregnant women and mothers.
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LEGO by Marco Sodano
Illustrating the concept that all children are pure artisans when using the perennial construction toy, Sodano reimagines three classic paintings – Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Lady with an Ermine as well as Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl – in a pixelated rendering using LEGOs.