March 12 - Women’s History Month Profile: Maggie Gee

As an aviator that redefined women’s roles in the air, Maggie Gee became one of the first Chinese American woman pilots in World War II. She idolized Amelia Earhart and aspired to overcome all obstacles and barriers in order to fly. At 18, she aimed to make this dream into a reality as she left UC Berkeley to take flight classes in Nevada for certification. Gee then enrolled as one of the few women of color in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Since women were regularly not allowed to serve in combat at the time, she trained male pilots and also co-piloted military planes for stimulated mock dogfights. Recently, in 2010, she and other WASP pilots received the Congressional Gold Medal from President Obama to recognize their contributions. Moreover, author Marissa Moss illustrated her story in the children’s novel Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee, to inspire children to pursue their dreams as well.