October 29, 2014
Lotfia El Nadi's 107th Birthday
Lotfia El Nadi was Egypt's first female pilot. Over her father's objections (and with her mother's help), El Nadi enrolled in Egypt's first aviation school in 1932. Just a couple of months later, at the age of 26, she got her pilot's license.
In 1933, El Nadi became the first Egyptian woman to fly a plane from Cairo to Alexandria — an incredible distance at the time, and an even greater distance in the journey toward equality. "I learned to fly because I love to be free," she said. Her yearning for freedom also took the form of working for women's equality. El Nadi was living proof that women could do and be anything, if they only dared to dream.