The Hello Girls: World War One and America's First Women Soldiers
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In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps shipped 233 women to embattled France. They were masters of the latest technology: the telephone switchboard. General John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces, demanded female "wire experts" when he discovered that inexperienced doughboys were unable to keep him connected with frontline troops. Without communications for even an hour, the army would collapse.
While suffragists picketed the White House and Woodrow Wilson fought a segregationist Congress to give women of all races the vote, these courageous young soldiers swore the army oath and served their nation under fire. They sailed home as heroes—until Congress decided they never existed.
History | Military History | United States History | Women's History
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Cobbs, Elizabeth, "The Hello Girls: World War One and America's First Women Soldiers" (2021). Friends of History Presentations. 2.