Photos of WWII Notable Women

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Jacqueline "Jackie" Cochran

- Founder and Director of the WASPS program in WWII.

Jacqueline Cochran, founder of the WASPS (Women's Air Force Service Pilots) program

In 1943, Jacqueline Cochran founded the WASPS (Women's Air Force Service Pilots) program.

Jacqueline Cochran

Jacqueline "Jackie" Cochran was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for services to her country during World War II.

Official portrait of Jackie Cochran in her WASPS uniform

Official portrait of Jackie Cochran in her WASPS uniform.

Jacqueline Cochran in her plane

Jacqueline Cochran in her plane.

Lieutenant Commander Mildred H. McAfee

- First female commissioned officer in U.S. Navy history, and the first Director of the WAVES.

Lieutenant Commander Mildred H. McAfee, USNR

Lieutenant Commander Mildred H. McAfee, USNR, the first female commissioned officer in U.S. Navy history, and the first Director of the WAVES.

Oath-taking ceremony in front of New York City Hall

LCDR Mildred H. McAfee, USNR, Director of the WAVES (left), and LCDR Dorothy Stratton, USCGR, Director of the SPARS, witness the oath-taking by 418 women who have joined the Navy and Coast Guard, circa early 1943. The ceremony took place in front of New York City Hall.

Mildred H. McAfee takes the oath of office to become a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve and Director of the Navy's Women's Reserve

Mildred H. McAfee takes the oath of office to become a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve and Director of the Navy's Women's Reserve, at the Navy Department, 3 August 1942. Administering the oath is Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox.

Lieutenant Commander Mildred H. McAfee while serving as Director of the WAVES

Lieutenant Commander Mildred H. McAfee, USNR. Photographed in 1942-43, while serving as Director of the WAVES.

Captain Joy Bright Hancock

- Rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer as a Yeoman during WWI, then returned during WWII and went on to become director of the WAVES during the late 1940's and early 1950's.

Lieutenant Commander Joy Bright Hancock, USNR

Lieutenant Commander Joy Bright Hancock, USNR. Photographed circa 1943.

Captain Joy Bright Hancock, USN

Captain Joy Bright Hancock, USN, Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Women. Photographed circa 1951.

Portrait by David Komuro of Captain Joy Bright Hancock

Captain Joy Bright Hancock, USN. Portrait by David Komuro, Washington, D.C., circa 1953.

Portrait by David Komuro of Captain Joy Bright Hancock

Captain Joy Bright Hancock, USN. Portrait in evening dress uniform, by David Komuro, 1955.