Caroline Iverson Ackerman (b. 1918)
While working as a feature writer at the Milwaukee Journal, Caroline Iverson Ackerman began taking free flying lessons at the University of Wisconsin, sponsored by the U.S. government. Although the school initially rejected her because she was a woman, Ackerman was called back when the school failed to meet its quota of males. She passed all her courses and received her pilot's license in the fall of 1940. In the spring of 1942, she was recruited to be an aviation researcher for Life magazine, which subsequently convinced her not to join the war effort with the argument that covering aviation news was more useful than being another woman pilot. Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to aviation editor at the age of 26 and continued in that position for the duration of the war. In 1947, Ackerman, like many other women in the workforce, was released from her job as the soldiers returned from the war.