Heroine of WWII not considered leadership material
A female agent of WWII was assessed as "not having the personality to act as a leader" before she was parachuted into France, files have revealed.
Pearl Cornioley, who died in February, ended up in command of 3,000 French resistance fighters.
Documents released at the National Archives say Mrs Cornioley was later commended for "colossal bravery" and "outstanding powers of leadership".
She was eventually given her Parachute Wings at the age of 92. [BBC]
Cornioley was nominated for a Military Cross after the war, but she was ineligible to receive it because she was a woman. They tried to offer her a civilian decoration instead, but she refused. Finally, she was given a military decoration through the air ministry.
Women are still not allowed to serve in the American Special Forces.