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Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during WWII
A discussion on the treatment of women pilots in the United States during WWII.
# 152235 | 1,740 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2013 | US

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The paper discusses the difficulties women faced in applying and training to become pilots during WWII, and reveals that despite the fact that the women's safety records were comparable and sometimes better than their male counterparts, they were not treated with the respect and dignity they deserved. The paper notes that the government would not even pay for these women pilots' services should they die while serving their country, The paper argues that although the United States was involved in the war on the side of democracy, the United States itself did not demonstrate equality or fairness when it came to recognizing and respecting the rights of the women who sacrificed their lives for the nation.

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From the Paper:

"In 1941, before the United States officially entered World War II, female pilot Jacqueline Cochran wrote a letter to Colonel Robert Olds, who was an organizer of the Ferrying Command. In her letter, she suggested that women pilots could fly domestic noncombat missions which would then allow all male pilots to fly in the war effort. Olds requested more information and Cochran submitted a report to him regarding the number of women pilots in the United States, their skills, and other relevant information (White). Despite having the "unofficial" support of Eleanor Roosevelt, Olds denied the request; but, promised Cochran that if he changed his mind, he would let Cochran command the group (Arnold). Eventually, the information gathered by Cochran convinced General Hap Arnold that it would benefit the United States to use women pilots in World War II. Prior to the U.S. joining the war, Arnold suggested that Cochran investigate how the British were doing with women pilots in the British Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA). Cochran didn't hesitate upon receiving this suggestion and she took 28 qualified women pilots with her to Britain (White)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Arnold, Gen. Henry H. "Hap" "Women Pilots." Letter to Jacqueline Cochran. 1941. Liberty Letters. Web.
  • Carpien, Cindy. "Women Pilots in World War II." National Public Radio 9 Mar. 2009. Questia.com. Web.
  • Lewis, Jone Johnson. "WASP - Women Pilots of World War II." About.com. The New York Times Company, 2010. Web.
  • Lubold, Gordon. "WASP Pilots Finally Honored." USA Today 10 Mar. 2010. Questia.com. Web.
  • Richman, Joe. "The WASPs: Women Pilots of WWII." National Public Radio and National Endowment of the Arts. Texas Women's University. Web. <http://www.radiodiaries.org/wasps.html>.

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Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during WWII (2013, January 16) Retrieved September 24, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/women-airforce-service-pilots-wasp-during-wwii-152235/

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"Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during WWII" 16 January 2013. Web. 24 September. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/women-airforce-service-pilots-wasp-during-wwii-152235/>