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Athletes and Aviators: Women Who Shaped History

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This topical collection includes resources related to featured women athletes and aviators. This collection includes portraits of the athletes and aviators, related artifacts, articles, videos with experts, and related Smithsonian Learning Lab collections. Use this collection to launch lessons about the women's life stories, primary source analysis, and examination of the context in which these women lived and made their contributions. This collection is not comprehensive but rather provides a launching point for research and study.  

Keywords: Bessie Coleman, Pancho Barnes, Babe Zaharias, Billie Jean King, Florence Griffith Joyner ("Flo Jo"), Ibtihaj Muhammad, #BecauseOfHerStory

32c Bessie Coleman single

National Postal Museum

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Pinback button featuring a portrait of Bessie Coleman

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Coleman, Bessie; Curtiss JN-4 Jenny Family. [photograph]

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Nobody Owns the Sky

National Air and Space Museum

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18c Babe Zaharias single

National Postal Museum

"Babe" Didrikson

National Portrait Gallery

"Babe" Didrikson

National Portrait Gallery

"Babe" Didrikson

National Portrait Gallery

Babe Diedrikson postcard

National Museum of American History

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Billie Jean King

National Portrait Gallery

Billie Jean King

National Portrait Gallery

Great Americans - Billie Jean King, Full Program

National Museum of American History

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