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"Trailblazers - Women of the Boeing Company" Lecture and Book Signing

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"Trailblazers - Women of the Boeing Company" Lecture and Book Signing

"Trailblazers - Women of the Boeing Company" Lecture and Book Signing

Time: Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Event Type: Public Program

Location: William M. Allen Theater

Trailblazers: The Women of the Boeing Company

Betsy Case, author of “Trailblazers: The Women of the Boeing Company,” will tell stories about the courageous women aviators and engineers who helped make Boeing the great company it is today. Case will be joined by Boeing engineer and technical fellow Sandra Jeffcoat. Their lecture will also pay tribute to the Pacific Northwest “Rosies” who built Boeing bombers during World War II. Case and Jeffcoat will have some special stories about the African American Rosies, who came from around the country seeking a new life with a good-paying job in Seattle.

The lecture will include stories about:

Pacific Northwest "Rosies," the women who aircraft builders who helped boost airplane production at Boeing Company from 60 per month in 1942 to an astounding 362 per month by March 1944.

African American Rosies, who came from across the country to Boeing, spending days on the train to reach good-paying jobs and new life and adventure. 

B.J. London, pilot and decorated war hero.

Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, who flew a 777-200LR from Hong Kong to London, breaking a distance record. 

Meg Robertson, who made Boeing history as the first female pilot to conduct a Chinook helicopter test flight.

Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space—the NASA astronaut spent 8 days orbiting the Earth.

Bessie Marie Dempsey, a Hollywood dancer who became the first female engineer at Boeing. 

Sandra Jeffcoat, was the first African American woman to become a member of the Boeing Technical Excellence Program—and her journey began with a dare.

Nelda Lee, was the first woman engineer at McDonnell Douglas.

The lecture will be followed by audience Q & A, and a book signing.