Created in 1942 to help support the war effort during WW2, this group was a division of the Navy. The women went way beyond their former counter parts during WW1 and were accepted to fill the non-combat roles men usually filled. WAVES ended up being 2.5% of the Navy’s strength during World War II. Due to their success in the war women were granted permanent status into the Navy and have been serving alongside their male counterparts ever since.
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Sylvia Earle has been called many names; “Her Deepness”, “Living Legend”, and “Hero for the Planet”. Throughout her life Dr. Earle has worked as chief scientist for NOAA, led more than a hundred expeditions, and written countless books. Her work has helped shape the way we work on both land and sea in hopes to safeguard our ecosystems.
To learn more about her, read this article written by national geographic: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/bios/sylvia-earle/
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The most decorated women of World War II, Nancy Wake fought against the German’s during their invasion and occupation of France. Before the war Nancy was a freelance journalist but when war broke out Nancy knew she had to join the French Resistance. Nancy would then become an agent of British Special Operations in occupied France. She used her skills to avoid capture and gain information, earning the nickname the “White Mouse”. She was captured at one point but revealed no information. Due to her brave actions she was eventually promoted to Captain and was given the task to cause as much disruption as possible before D-day. She would continue to fight against the Nazis for the rest of the war. She did all of this during a time when women were still seen as less capable than men showing that anyone can accomplish great things if they are willing to fight for them.
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Did you know that March is Women’s History month? In honor of all that women do we will be highlighting a few of our favorite women in science. First up is Eugenie Clark, an American biologist who was commonly known as “The Shark Lady”. If you would like to learn more about her check out the link below:
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