by Veterans History Project
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls
- Susan Stamberg
This article is a production of National Public Radio (NPR), written by Susan Stamberg. During WWII, a shortage of male pilots in the United States led to the formation of a group called WASP — the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Stamberg reports on this relatively little-known group, and its struggle for national and military recognition.Pair “Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls” with “Serving with the Women’s Army Corp” and ask students to consider the ways in which women were able to contribute during World War II. What similar characteristics can students identify between the women pilots discussed in “Female WWII Pilots” and Wilma Hugunin?
First Female Army Rangers Say They Thought of ‘Future Generations of Women’
- Brakkton Booker
This NPR article showcases the achievements of the first two women to graduate from the United States Army Ranger School.Pair “First Female Army Rangers Say They Thought of ‘Future Generations of Women’” with “Serving with the Women’s Army Corp” and ask students to think about how the roles of women in the military have changed since World War II. Capt. Griest and Lt. Haver believe that their accomplishments will provide opportunities for “future generations of women.” How did women like Wilma Hugunin pave the path for Capt. Griest and Lt. Haver? How does fighting in war and preparing for war change people’s attitudes about gender?
Rosie the Riveter
- Barrett Smith
In the informational text “Rosie the Riveter,” Barrett Smith explores the WWII origins of Rosie and her impact on social movements.Pair “Serving with the Women’s Army Corps” with “Rosie the Riveter” to provide students with an example of how one woman contributed during the war. What different types of jobs does Wilma Hugunin identify women taking part in during WWII? What inspired Hugunin to contribute to war efforts?
The Armed Forces Find Woman Has a Place
- Nona Brown
In this 1948 article from the New York Times archive, Nona Brown discusses the United States’ decision to integrate women into the military.Pair “Serving with the Women's Army Corps” with “The Armed Forces Find Woman Has a Place” and ask students to assess how Wilma Hugunin’s experiences during WWII reflect the experiences that Nona Brown describes in her 1948 article. To what extent was the work Hugunin was asked to do connected to her “feminine aptitude”? How did Hugunin’s work contribute to the eventual enlistment of women in the army?