I am also organizing a blog tour for The Rise and Fall of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) of World War II by Molly Merryman. I can’t imagine stronger female characters, and these women were the real deal! Such a cool read!
The tour will run from January 11th to the 15th. Reviews, interviews and spotlights welcome. Giveaway details will follow!
THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORIES OF THE WOMEN AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOTS (WASP) WHO FLEW CRITICAL, DANGEROUS MISSIONS IN WWII
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Clipped Wings: The Rise and Fall of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) of World War II
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
Genre: History/ WWII/ Avation/ Female Pilots
In her exhilerating book Clipped Wings: The Rise and Fall of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII, author Molly Merryman shines light on the critical and dangerous work of the daring female aviators who changed history. New York University Press classics series has just updated the book with Merryman’s reflections on the changes in women’s aviation in the past twenty years. A documentary based on Merryman’s work, Coming Home: Fight For A Legacy, is currently in production.
The WASP directly challenged the assumptions of male supremacy in wartime culture. They flew the fastest fighter planes and heaviest bombers; they test-piloted experimental models and worked in the development of weapons systems. Yet the WASP were the only women’s auxiliary within the armed services of World War II that was not militarized.
In Clipped Wings, Merryman draws upon finally-declassified military documents, congressional records, and interviews with the women who served as WASP during World War II to trace the history of the over one thousand pilots who served their country as the first women to fly military planes. She examines the social pressures that culminated in their disbandment in 1944—even though a wartime need for their services still existed—and documents their struggles and eventual success, in 1977, to gain military status and receive veterans’ benefits.
About the Author
Molly Merryman, Ph.D. is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and an Associate Professor at Kent State University. She is the Historical Research Producer on the upcoming Red Door Films documentary about the WASP, Coming Home: Fight For A Legacy. She has directed and produced nine documentaries that have been broadcast and screened in the United States and United Kingdom. She is the research director for the Queer Britain national LGBT+ museum and is a visiting professor and advisory board member for the Queer History Centre at Goldsmiths, University of London. Merryman is the vice president of the International Visual Sociology Association.