The running stats are that women are only about 20% of philosophers, but at a meeting I went to at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, I learned that their local student body is about 97% male. In light of that, and yesterday being International Women’s Day, I thought it would be nice to post a story NPR is running about female WWII pilots:
In 1942, the United States was faced with a severe shortage of pilots, and leaders gambled on an experimental program to help fill the void: Train women to fly military aircraft so male pilots could be released for combat duty overseas.
The group of female pilots was called the Women Airforce Service Pilots — WASP for short. In 1944, during the graduation ceremony for the last WASP training class, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Air Forces, Henry “Hap” Arnold, said that when the program started, he wasn’t sure “whether a slip of a girl could fight the controls of a B-17 in heavy weather.”