On this day, 11 January, in 1935, Amelia Earhart completed the first flight from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Oakland, California, three years after becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. It took her eighteen hours. On 15 June of that same year, no fewer than ten women took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans – a record that still stands to this day.
Odette Siko and Marguerite Mareuse had opened the way in 1930 when they became the first women, and the first all-female crew, to start and finish the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Five years later, there were four all-female pairings among the ten women drivers starting the race. Only one was forced to retire, leaving the other three grouped between the 24th and 26th places. The best-placed woman was Anne-Cécile Rose-Itier, who came 18th with Robert Jacob in a Fiat.
Photo (copyright ACO archives): The #55 MG driven by Doreen Evans and Barbara Skinner (25th) at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1935.