Celebrating 70 Years of Women in Air Force Blue
An exhibition of RNZAF women in war and peace
These trailblazing WAAFs paved the way for thousands more women to serve in an ever increasing variety of roles, challenging the existing boundaries of opportunities within the Service. Often reflecting dynamic changes in wider society over time in the armed forces, women continued to push though a perceived ‘glass ceiling’ imposed by contemporary social attitudes defining what they could achieve.
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Celebrating 70 Years of Women in Air Force Blue is the latest special exhibition to open at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Drawing on the personal experiences of past and present servicewomen, it tells the changing story of women in the RNZAF through 70 years of war and peace. The story is followed through four key time periods: WWII 1941-1945, Post-War Women 1946-1976, Times of Change 1977-1999, and Into the New Millennium 2000-2011. Uniforms from each period are displayed, representing the changing nature and role of women’s service in the RNZAF, and personal stories help give visitors an insight into service life through the decades.
The Museum team gratefully acknowledge all service personnel, past and present, who contributed to the preparation of this exhibition.
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Celebrating 70 Years of Women in Air Force Blue: on display at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Wigram, Christchurch, November 2011-April 2012. FREE Admission.
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