Tiny Broadwick - Classroom Resource - Inspirational Sporting Women
Tiny Broadwick had an irrepressible love of adventure. Aged 15, she left home to join a travelling carnival as a balloonist and parachutist.
Surviving many dangerous jumps, she became the first woman to parachute from an aeroplane and invented the ripcord method of opening a parachute. During World War I she was an advisor on parachuting to the United States’ Army Aviation Bureau.
Tiny displayed remarkable courage, not only in her many daring parachute jumps, but also in withstanding the sexist pressures about the expectations of women in society.