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March 25, 2015

Helen MacCloskey, Pioneer Aviatrix

The popularity of civil aviation became widespread between the first and second World Wars. Thousands of spectators flocked to watch the races and stunts of skilled pilots, both male and female, hailing from every corner of the United States. In a predominately male sport, the Western Pennsylvania region can boast of several pioneer aviatrixes during this period. One native star of the sky was Pittsburgher Helen MacCloskey.

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March 18, 2015

Women’s History Month: Political Leaders

To celebrate Women's History Month, here are two women -- both political leaders -- that you'll meet at the History Center: Queen Aliquippa, a Seneca leader from the late 18th century who met with George Washington, and Sophie Masloff, Pittsburgh's first female and first Jewish mayor.

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March 11, 2015

Bertha Lamme, Engineer

Bertha Lamme blazed new trails for women when she accepted a job as an engineer with the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company in 1893. Her slide rule and T-square are on display in Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation.

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