You may have seen the recent article about Nadezhda Popova, WW2 Soviet pilot who has now died:
It was the cold that she recalled more than anything else: “When the wind was strong it would toss the plane. In winter when you’d look out to see your target better, you got frostbite, our feet froze in our boots, but we carried on flying.” There was no time for fear: “You had to focus on the target and think how you could hit it. There was no time to give way to emotions… Those who gave in were gunned down and they were burned alive in their craft as they had no parachutes.”
Now Wiggia has pointed to another two – Marina Raskova and Katya Ryabova:
In 1938 Raskova and two other Soviet women had set a world record for a non-stop direct flight by women when they flew a Soviet-built, twin-engine aircraft named Rodina (homeland) 6,000 kilometers across the expanse of the Soviet Union from Moscow to Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Far East.
With the aircraft icing up over the Siberian wilderness, the women tossed everything movable out of the aircraft to try and gain altitude. Finally, Raskova, who had been the navigator, decided she would have to go as well. She marked the aircraft’s compass heading on a map and bailed out into the darkness.
The two remaining pilots eventually landed safely at their destination, and a hunter rescued Raskova. The three “Winged Sisters” returned triumphantly to Moscow.
I’ve known quite a few Russian women. They are quite brave and generally don’t moan about their lot – they do something about it. The Russian lifestyle and mentality make such women well able to handle adversity, austerity and deprivation – they put up with a lot.
And here’s another:
Gran ahoy! After 259 days at sea, Briton, 70, becomes oldest woman to sail solo round world non-stop 25,000-mile trip
Then again, they’re all from that generation where women achieved amazing things all on their own without needing a leftist movement achieve it for them. [Smiles sweetly]
Meanwhile, back to the living dead [I really love this pic because it encapsulates the new phenomenon of the dumbed-down, self-centric female - the so-called "modern woman" cf real women achievers from the past to spell it out in words of one syllable or less]:
Naturally. If it’s a man, he’d go down for five years. One rule for one gender, another etc. …
And a real high achiever [gosh, what a useful person]:
# Testing Consequences of Male Misbehavior [by a modern woman of course]
And from the other side:
Nadezhda, where are you? Come back!