Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/15/2009

WWII Women Pilots Honored

 

W.A.S.P. Pilots in WWII

W.A.S.P. Pilots in WWII

 

The New York Times reports that the members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (W.A.S.P.) will receive the Congressional Gold Medal, one of America’s highest civilian honors. Out of more than 1,000 female pilots who were the first women to take control of American military planes, the 300 surviving members in addition to the deceased, will receive the medals. 

Apparently, during WWII these under recognized women filled in for the short supply of male pilots, but were still considered civilians, receiving no benefits or honors. 

Another example of awesome women being a side note of history. I honestly had no idea that this had ever happened — I’d always thought of the big female action in WWII-era America as being when women filled in for men …

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