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The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which extended voting rights to women. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will honor women with a new exhibit highlighting their achievements in civilian and military aviation with emphasis on the U.S. Air Force and its predecessors.
The exhibit covers historical issues, changes in laws and attitudes, and women's contributions. Specific women and groups from all eras and various career fields are noted to emphasize the impact women have played in establishing women's current position in the Air Force.
This multi-part exhibit has displays in each of the museum’s building. It starts with early female aviators and grows through the last seven decades as female pioneers pushed through the barriers to become effective leaders on all Air Force subjects. It explores topics regarding women in flight, the struggle for equality, inclusion in a post-combat exclusion policy Air Force, and scientific developments produced by women working in research and development.
See the links below for a summary about the Women in the Air Force displays in each building.
Displays in Early Years Gallery
Displays in World War II Gallery
Displays in Korean War Gallery
Displays in Southeast Asia Gallery
Silhouettes in Southeast Asia War Gallery
Displays in Cold War Gallery
Displays in Missile Gallery
Displays in Space Gallery
Displays in R & D Gallery
Displays in Global Reach Gallery
Click here to watch the exhibit opening ceremony featuring comments from: Ms. Patricia Young, Executive Director, Air Force Material Command; The Honorable John Roth, Acting Secretary of the Air Force; Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Commander, Air Mobility Command; Lt. Gen. Nina Armagno, Director of Staff, United States Space Force; Chief Master Sgt. Joanne Bass, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force; and Museum Curators Ms. Christina Douglass and Ms. Krista Dunkman
Please note the first 10 minutes of the video features highlights from the museum and the last 10 minutes of the video is a behind the scenes look at how the exhibit was made.
Other material to help you enjoy the virtual event:
Watch interviews with women featured in the exhibit and the museum who created the exhibit.
Interviews with Museum Staff about the exhibit:
Installation of the exhibit:
Interviews with women featured in the exhibit:
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