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 women 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 Radicals and Progressives “Meet and Eat” is tonight at 5pm at the Orient House Restaurant, 626 South Park Street. More info at 249-0879.
This week, the City of Madison hosts three “Community Conversations” as part of the site selection phase of the new Madison Public Market. The information gathered will help guide the process of selecting a location for a Madison Public Market District. All three meetings are from 6 to 8pm. Tonight’s meeting is at Olbrich Gardens, 3330 Atwood Avenue. Tomorrow, May 28th, it will be at Villager on Park Atrium Community Room, 2234 South Park Street. Thursday, May 29th, it will be at St Pauls Lutheran Church, 2126 North Sherman Avenue. For more info, call Dan at 608-267-1968 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
W-O-R-T needs volunteers to answer phones at the station for our summer pledge drive, June 3rd thru 16th. Please sign up via W-O-R-T’s home page: wortfm.org, or call the station at 608-256-2001 during business hours.