WWII Women Pilots Honored

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 at the factory. It's cool to know that even though it was the '40's, women were still integrated into the action, whether anybody knew about it or not.

More articles in WMC FBomb by Category: Feminism, Politics
More articles in WMC FBomb by Tag: Activism and advocacy, Women's history, Military



Julie Zeilinger
Founding Editor of The WMC FBomb
Sign up for our Newsletter

Learn more about topics like these by signing up for Women’s Media Center’s newsletter.