"Going through my mother's things one day I found these two photographs. I had no idea what group or organization these women belonged to, or what the uniform meant. My mother was no longer around to ask, so I began researching. I scanned the pictures and sent them back to Boston but no one could tell me anything. I did find out that the MWDC stood for Massachusetts Women's Defense Core. It was a volunteer group during WWII. Boston, because it was a harbor city, needed these women as plane spotters.
How was it that I had never heard about these women? It turns out that there was a lot of women's military history that I knew nothing about.
The power of storytelling can be seen in some of the most memorable mini-series and films. Band of Brothers (2001), Island at War (2004), Flags of our Fathers (2006), Days of Glory (2006), Red Tails (2012), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), American Sniper (2014). Narrative storytelling can humanize a time in history that makes that era come alive. It is by experiencing the characters’ lives through their eyes that makes us cry, laugh, or even scream back at the screen. This is palpable storytelling. This is what we want for FlyGirls."