Learn about two 20th century girls who pursued their passions and made an impact on the world. 

As a girl growing up in Seattle, Betty Greene (1920-1997) was fascinated by aviation and admired famous pilots like Amelia Earhart.  She learned to fly during her teen years, and became a professional pilot during World War II as a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).  After the war, Betty combined her love of God with her passions for flying and adventure, helping to found what became Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and carrying missionaries into some of the world’s remotest regions. 

Find out more about this history maker here


During the 1970s, Karen Carpenter (1950-1983) and her brother Richard became one of America’s most successful singing groups, the Carpenters.  But when she was growing up, Karen’s first love was the drums.  She began playing at age 14, and went on to play in a jazz trio.  Karen’s brother often said that, even after she became a famous singer, Karen always considered herself a “drummer who sang.” In an era when girls rarely became drummers, she pursued her passion and inspired other girls to pursue theirs. 

Check out this link to see her drumming!