Mar 2017 Women Airforce Service Pilots 1943 – Unusual Occupations Series – YouTube
I’m going out on a limb with this post. I will certainly get some push-back from a few ladies telling me women pilots are down trodden, undervalued, demeaned, and insert your own words here “___________”. I’ve been forwarded examples that prove their point, but I choose to focus on the tremendous progress we, as women, have made in the years since WWII.
Times have changed and the acceptable rolls in society for men and women, at least in the U.S., have evolved. What was acceptable during WWII has progressed dramatically in the 70 plus years since the War.
Women today are a necessary, valued addition to the work force. Airline and freight transport are booming industries and women are needed, just like during WWII, to fill the slots. Don’t believe it? Just take a look at all the 40 & 50 year old women who are being accepted into new commercial pilot positions. If you want a piece of the action, now is the best time ever for women who know their stuff.
I was recently sent this WWIII promotional video about the WASPs. I hope you can view it from the unbiased perspective of 1943, and appreciate the enormous contributions of the WASPs to the war effort.
Women have come a long way since 1943, but no one can deny the tremendous contribution these women made to the war effort or the doors they opened to future lady aviatrix.
From this 1943 video, I choose to acknowledge the reality of the time and cherish comments that reign true still today, ” 6Â American beauties – 12, for there’s a pilot and co-pilot in each, and ever more girls flying at Avenger Field, eager to fly for Uncle Sam. Eager to assume the duties for which women were once deemed unfit.”
Well said. Amen.