Virtual Exhibit Launches June 2021

Defying the Odds: Exploring the Impact of Women and Aviation in the First Half of the Twentieth Century

“Defying the Odds” explores the lasting impact of women in the world of aviation. Developed with the aid of two members of the Ohio History Service Corps AmeriCorps program, the exhibit presents just the tip of the iceberg of women’s history. Through a lens of international and U.S. history, “Defying the Odds” showcases and provides additional context of the world in which these female trailblazers lived. This is the first installment of some new and engaging ways the International Women’s Air & Space Museum is adding to our mission to inspire, educate, and preserve the experiences of women in all areas of aviation and aerospace. For more exhibits and to learn more, schedule a visit to the museum by going to www.iwasm.org and plan a trip to Burke Lakefront Airport - home to the International Women’s Air & Space Museum.



View the Exhibit as a PDF by Defying the Odds_Virtual Exhibit.


Now on Exhibit at IWASM!

Currently on temporary display:
20th Anniversary of the International Space Station

Story of WASP Ruth Fleisher

The Sally Ride Postage Stamp

Former NASA astronaut Pam Melroy

Story of Major Sheila Thompson, Air Force Navigator

Story of Jackie Cochran's "Beguine"

Permanent Exhibitions

Currently the museum has on display a number of women who have made an impact in air & space including Amelia Earhart, Ruth Nichols, Bessie Coleman, Harriet Quimby, Katharine Wright, the WASP, Jackie Cochran, the Mercury 13 and more!

Exhibits are open during regular airport hours, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily.

Gallery Guide

Click on the map image to the right to download a pdf of our gallery guide to help plan your visit.

Traveling Exhibitions

IWASM offers traveling exhibits to libraries, schools and other organizations interested in highlighting women in the aviation and aerospace industries. For more information, click here.