My first example of an event that has improved the status of woman was World War 2 itself. Women were the main reason the United States were so militarily powerful during the War. Mainly in the armaments industry, due to the fact the majority of men were fighting on either the Western Front or in the Pacific due to the draft during the war that meant men were forced to sign up for the Army/Navy/Air Force. The reason the United States were able to have the munitions to fight the war was due to the fact women were in factories producing the materials for war. America, just after Germany were the next technologically powerful nation in the War and that was down to the work the women were doing during war. As a result of this, more women were now working, providing for their families. This put women higher up on the social rankings.
My second example is a person. Amelia Earhart, the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an aircraft. Not only did she do this, she also wrote books on her experiences as a pilot before her disappearance in the Pacific Ocean while trying to circumnavigate the globe in 1941. Her exploits have gone onto inspire women all around the world to move into the aviation industry. Culminating in the first all female pilot crew flown by Royal Brunei Airlines to Saudi Arabia no less, a country where women are not even allowed to drive. This has been done as a result of the work done by Earhart who was a visionary during her life, inspiring people that the sky is not just for males. The US Air Force is having more women in the ranks as pilots as well as engineers, the level of women in the air industry has grown a huge amount, women aren't just the cabin crew anymore, they are flying the plane itself.