The Evolution of Women's Roles in the United States Air Force

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Kathleen,B Tcherkezian (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
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Abstract: Extracted text; Thesis: Women have played a vital role in this country's defense relations throughout the past century and into the present. This paper will explore how women's efforts and roles have evolved from the start of the United States Air Force as volunteers, secretaries, and nurses, into today's combative heroes. / Background: World War II ended on September 2, 1945 when Japan surrendered. At that time the military in the United States was becoming more advanced and there was an increase in the use of separate air power and ground forces during wartime scenarios. This gave the United States the need for a military branch dedicated to air power. At that time women were allowed to serve as civilian secretaries and support roles back home, but were not permitted to fight in battle or serve within any of the branches. / Summary: / Just a few examples of truly extraordinary women that created history through time include Staff Sergeant Esther McGowin Blake who was the first woman to join the Air Force when it became its own branch; Jacqueline Cochran who was the first woman to break the sound barrier, and the Honorable Sheila Widnall who become the first female secretary of the Air Force. / Conclusion: Women currently make up only 18.9% of the Air Force, but still make a significant contribution. This has come a long way since creation of the Air Force, when no women served in 1947. Not only have women set such high standards for those in following generations, the Air Force has allowed for the change to occur over time and adapted to the growing need for a diverse force.

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Language: English
Date: 2014
Women, Heroes, Evolution, Role, United States. Air Force

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