Over the next few decades after the Wright Brothers' first flight, female aviators became increasingly common and attracted increasing amounts of attention, culminating with the flights of Amelia Earhart in the 1920s and 1930s.
With Earhart's death in 1937, female aviators became less prominent, but continued to contribute greatly to aviation, particularly as auxiliary pilots during World War II.
In 1784, Elizabeth Thibble became the first woman to fly as a passenger in a hot air balloon. More than a century later, in 1909, women again took to the air, this time in a heavier-than-air craft.
Another French woman, Alice Deroche (1889–1919), who referred to herself as a Baroness, although the validity of the title was questionable, became the world's first licensed female pilot in 1910.