Today in 1974: The National Organization for Women’s national conference pays special tribute to the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots as part of a campaign to help them win military status from the Defense Department. Although the pilots flew more than sixty million miles during World War Two, they were considered civilians and denied military retirement and benefits.
Thirty-eight women died in the line of duty during the war, but the government did not even pay to send their bodies home. Pressured by women’s groups, the Defense Department finally will relent in 1979, granting the pilots military status.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
The second season of Gardening for Good begins this month. It offers opportunities to Northside adults with developmental disabilities to learn to garden and be part of the community at Troy Community Gardens. This is Thursdays from 6 to 7:30, May 30th through August 15th. For people with disabilities that are interested in participating, contact your support broker for assistance in signing up. Gardeners and other community members who would like to participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For ideas of ways you can volunteer, visit gardeningforgoodmadison.com.
Clean Sweep Hazardous Waste Site is now open at the county landfill and will operate Tuesdays through Fridays from 7am to 2:45pm, and Saturdays from 8 to 10:45am. Clean Sweep will be closed Sundays, Mondays and Holidays. There is a fee per drop-off. Clean Sweep is located at 7102 US Highway 12 in Madison. More info at danecountycleansweep.com.