Picks of the week: Female Trailblazers

Over the course of fourteen hours between May 20th and 21st, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and became an inspiration to generations of women. Celebrate her achievement with these three docs on female trailblazers in male-dominated fields.

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Contemporary- and occasional rival!- to Amelia Earheart was Florence ‘Pancho’ Barnes, an audacious and irreverent woman who would become Hollywood’s first female stunt pilot. Her little-known story is told in this star-studded doc.

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In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to go up into space. Her life and legacy are explored in this documentary, featuring interviews with Sally’s friends and family as well as with Sally herself.

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Dodging storms, sharks, jellyfish, and dangerous currents, acclaimed swimmer Diana Nyad came out of retirement at age sixty-four to achieve her dream of swimming from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage. Her story is thrilling proof that it’s never too late to try again.

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