Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies



First Reader/Committee Chair

Long, Thomas


This thesis examines the life of aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran. The analysis starts from her childhood through her aviation career and ultimately concludes with the legacy she left behind. Through this examination various topics will be discussed and analyzed, such as but not limited to, Jackie’s childhood, Jaqueline Cosmetics, aviation, World War II specifically focusing on the WASPS, her late career and her “retirement.” Prominently highlighting her impact in aviation history and her eminent role in changing women’s place within it, this thesis explores the experience of Cochran and argues that she was a vital factor in women’s breakthrough into aviation and paved the way for future generations of female pilots. She shattered traditional gender roles and changed societal views of women’s abilities pertaining to aviation.