She was born Georgia Ann Thompson and took the surname Broadwick when she was adopted by Charles Broadwick. She persuaded him to let her join his crew of aerial performers. Charles needed some convincing but knew a good thing when he saw it. Promising to send money back to her parents for Tiny's daughter Verla, he was able to get her parent’s permission; her mother eventually agreeing to give the arrangement a trial. Charles "adopted" the 15 year old girl since it was not considered proper for a young woman to travel with an unrelated older man.
She was the first woman to parachute from an airplane and the first woman to parachute into water. Tiny became the only female member of the Early Birds of Aviation.
She was awarded the Pioneer Aviation Award, the John Glenn Medal, and Gold Wings by the Adventurer's Club of LA.
She was called “Tiny,” weighing only three pounds when she was born in 1893, the seventh and last child of a poor farm family in Granville County, North Carolina.
Georgia dropped out of school, married William Aulsie Jacobs at 12, had daughter Verla at 13. (Yes, you read those ages correctly!) After her husband abandoned them, she had to work 14-hour days in a cotton mill to support her daughter, earning forty cents per day. She would walk home twice a day to nurse her child and return to complete her shift.
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