Mary Ann Campana

From Ohio History Central

Before the twentieth century, women in the United States had limited rights and opportunities. During the first several decades of the 1900s, the situation dramatically improved for women. In 1920, a sufficient number of states ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. This amendment granted women the right to vote. Immediately upon receiving this right, some women began to pursue elected office. Women began to prove themselves in other traditionally male professions as well. One such woman was Mary Ann Campana of Youngstown, Ohio. In 1933, Campana set a world's record for remaining airborne the longest in a light airplane. She remained airborne for almost twelve and a half continuous hours, demonstrating that women could be skilled pilots. While Campana's feat seems like a minor event in women's and Ohio's history, such occurrences illustrate the various attempts women made to gain equality with men during the first part of the twentieth century.

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