Fighting the Law
Former marine fighter pilot and 2018 congressional candidate Amy McGrath discusses the obstacles that almost stopped her from serving her country.
AMY MCGRATH: I was about 10 or 11 years old. And I saw a History Channel documentary that had military jets. And I looked at that. And I said, "That is cool. That's what I want to do."
And it didn't occur to me at that time there were really no women doing that. I went to my mother. And I basically said, "hey, Mom, there's no women doing this job. You know, how do we change this?"
Because we learned there was a law. There was a federal law called the Combat Exclusion Law against women flying fighter jets. And she said, "Well, you know, let's learn about how to change the law." And that's how I learned about government, how citizens can be advocates for change.