I became fascinated with the women who served as pilots in the WASP program during WWII while working on a project in Dayton, Ohio. I had heard of them, but knew very little about their story.
So I picked up the book Amelia Earhart’s Daughters: The Wild And Glorious Story Of American Women Aviators From World War II To The Dawn Of The Space Age by Leslie Haynsworth & David Toomey, which covered not only the story of the WASP program but also the Mercury 13 (did you know 13 women tested and qualified to be astronauts during the Mercury program but were denied the opportunity to participate because they were women?).
Here’s some of what I learned about the Women Airforce Service Pilots program:
Walt Disney drew their mascot: Fifinella.
This information was first shared at The Women’s Book for International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month, 2014