My third gift to you this December is good news about seldom know contributions of WW II women pilots.
When the U.S. was drawn into World War II, many citizens wanted to do anything they could to support the effort. It would take enormous air power to defeat the enemy in Europe and in the Pacific, and young men were answering the call in droves. Those unable to serve in the military took up the work on the home front, and women were needed to step outside of their traditional roles to fulfill the demand. The world would never be the same as a new and empowered female culture emerged.
For the first time in history, it became socially acceptable for women to pursue work outside their homes and cast off social norms on behalf of the War effort. This employment gave women their own means of financial security and newfound freedom. They worked side by side with people of diverse backgrounds, learning about life outside of the constraints of the traditional role of wife and mother. The women who would become the Women Airforce Service Pilots saw another window of opportunity open of this time of change, the chance to become military aircraft aviators, an idea that confounded both men and women of that era. They dared to forge a new path, and it would not be easy.
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) RISE ABOVE: WASP national educational outreach program rightfully honors the trailblazing Woman Airforce Service Pilots, an often-overlooked group that was once missing from history books, to bring their story to life and gives a new generation a unique lens in which to see themselves.
The CAF WASP Squadron, the group’s membership arm, engages communities with the stories and lessons of the WASP, especially girls and young women, to inspire them to be the best version of themselves. The program encourages them to push boundaries, achieve lofty goals, and fly high in all aspects of their lives while having the skills to successfully manage all situations.
Until next time, remember,
You are not alone.
You are not your circumstances.
You have everything within you to live a purpose-filled life.