Despite being a rather sexist time, WWII necessitated new roles for
women. Now, previously male jobs were in many case open to women simply
because there weren't enough men to do these jobs. We're all familiar
with the 'Rosie the Riveter' stereotype but women also began working in
munitions factories, office jobs and, in the case of the 'Fly Girls',
they began flying non-combat missions. Eventually, they became known as
the WASPS and their jobs involved not just ferrying but testing planes,
towing targets and other non-combat roles. Not surprisingly, there was
a bit of discrimination towards these women, but they loved flying and
wanted to be part of the war effort.
Much of this episode of "The American Experience" consists of
interviews with surviving members of the WASPS. They reminisce and
discuss the history of their service--and it's all fascinating and
inspiring. And, like a typical episode in this series, it's
exceptionally well made and worth seeing--particularly if you want to
show young girls where we've come when it comes to women's roles in the
workforce as well as to show them some spunky ladies who refused to
just stay home and make babies.
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