Women Are Changing Aviation
It is the early 30’s and aviation is zooming thanks to women joining the the ranks of men in the air. Thanks to many articles written in the 30’s I found out that many women were embracing flying with all their energy.
In the 30’s women were thought to be in the kitchen certainly not in the air.
There was a lot of criticism of women pilots. In the first many women race planes were sabotaged. Sand and dirt was put in the engine. Some planes wires were cut and many women were made fun of in every way.
Men said that women were not physically fit to fly. As men saw women brake records they began to see that women were capable of flying.
Women learned to make quick decisions and rely on themselves. They relied on themselves not the dictate of family.
Female pilots found opposition from family and the male aviation community. They decided to pursue their passion and keep flying.
It was always a struggle because of lack of funds in their own name. Women pilots like their male counterparts were filled with enthusiasm for this wonderful world of flight. ( OAH Magazine of History, July 2010.)
(Women Who Fly by Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly) it’s obvious that men didn’t want women to fly in the early part of the 20th century. Then women showed that they did have the courage and skill to fly.
(Womens Work Dec. 1930) There were several companies that allowed women to build airplanes. Most worked as secretaries . Five plants women were allowed to work in the wing and fuselage department. Men out-numbered women 50 to 1 in making airplanes.
In one of the largest and most famous airplane manufacturing companies women were allowed to sew the fabric over the wings. So you can see that women were still in the domestic arts of sewing.
Wages were lower for men who covered the wings. Men made on an average of 30 cents more than women doing the same work.
The secretarial work in airplane companies was $30 a week, Men always were in the top positions.
Getting back to women changing aviation in the article Flying Is Changing Women by Margery Brown women were getting more skilled. They found such freedom that they didn’t find on the ground.
If a women becomes angry while flying she will soon discover that she needs to calm down. A woman is able to change her moods quicker than a man. She learns that she must have self-control to be a good pilot. They learn to make quick decisions in the air. There is no choice when flying solo. There is no where to turn around and ask someone for help.