Congressional Gold Medal Awarded to Women Airforce Service Pilots
Washington, Mar 12 -
On Wednesday, the Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II. More than sixty years ago, the WASP were the first women in history to fly American military aircraft, including fighter, bomber, transport, and training aircraft in defense of America’s freedom. In order to serve their country, the WASP faced overwhelming cultural and gender bias for their nontraditional roles, but through their actions they eventually were the catalyst for revolutionary reform in the integration of women pilots into the Armed Services. Congressman Miller is pleased the Congressional Gold Medal has been awarded to the WASP, especially to the several WASP survivors who live in Southern California, and commends them for their pioneering military service and exemplary record.
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