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Children's LiteratureDubbed "The Powder Puff Derby" by Will Rogers, the Women's Cross-Country Air Race of 1929 not only represented a step toward gender equality in this country, but it paved the way for aviation as we know it. I had never heard of this event before reading about it. The only early American aviatrix with whom I was familiar was Amelia Earhart. Earhart does indeed feature in the book, but along with her are nineteen other bold, inspirational women who risked their lives to follow their dreams and challenge the stereotypes of a nation. Along the way, they also formed a strong community with one another. The Roaring Twenty, through quotes, prose, photos, and historical artifacts, follows the ground-breaking, eight-day race from it's beginning in Santa Monica, California, to it's finish in Cleveland, Ohio. Along the way, readers get to know some of the individual participants, a thing or two about early aviation, a great deal about our nation in the Twenties, and, in the end, how these women helped to change the world as we know it. The book is divided into chapters, and ends with biographical information about the participants, a women's aviation time line, a resource guide, and bibliographic information. 2006, National Geographic, and Ages 11 to 15.