Do you know the name Jerrie Mock? I didn't, until I ran across this article about her on My Flight Blog. She was the first woman to fly solo around the world. I won't re-state what's in the article, so I'll just provide the linkage and let you explore.
Pinterest page with more pictures of her. You see what you can discover when you play with the Google machine!
And here's her bio from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
P.S Her airplane, The Spirit of Columbus, hangs in the Udvar-Hazy Center, which should be among your favorite aviation destinations!