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09 March 2010 @ 09:06 pm
almost, almost, almost, almost there.  
I have two more days until i'm free!  after being buried for an entire week because of my midterm on Thursday and again on Monday and AGAIN today (two part written test and an oral exam today), I feel strung out and kind of giddy.  Sadly, it's not quite over yet.

What does that mean?  That I'm feverishly reading things to come up with a paper idea for my conference with my Visual Studies prof tomorrow, and then, unbelievably, have a Japanese class on thursday that I have to do homework for.  I'm actually thinking about skipping because after three days of tests I don't want to go back.

That being said, either because of the mental strain or because it was that kind of day, NPR decided to hit me with an awesome story that made me totally tear up.  Going to find the links made me tear up again:



The group of female pilots was called the Women Airforce Service Pilots — WASP for short. A few more than 1,100 young women, all civilian volunteers, flew almost every type of military aircraft — including the B-26 and B-29 bombers — as part of the WASP program. They ferried new planes long distances from factories to military bases and departure points across the country. They tested newly overhauled planes. And they towed targets to give ground and air gunners training shooting — with live ammunition. The WASP expected to become part of the military during their service. Instead, the program was canceled after just two years.

They weren't granted military status until the 1970s. And now, 65 years after their service, they will receive the highest civilian honor given by the U.S. Congress. Last July, President Obama signed a bill awarding the WASP the Congressional Gold Medal. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

[read full story here] at least they get recognition now - better late then never... this kind of story just reminds me that women have always found ways to be awesome.  And these women are just awesome.  (and there's even more cool photo essay stuff here including pics gathered by their families)

Yeah, I'll leave you with that.  I hope you find a way to fly your metaphoric planes. ;)
 
 
 
Emelye: Heroineemelye_miller on March 10th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
My great aunt flew in the Canadian Women's Air Corps. Similar gig, from what I understand, though I believe it was always considered a part of the military there. I think she was even decorated by King George, if family legends are to be believed.
my monkied brain: buffy - pirate swordkatekat1010 on March 11th, 2010 08:55 am (UTC)
That is totally awesome. And not surprising that Canadians are less annoying about the hypermasculinity of the armed forces in the States