American women in World War I: they also served by Lettie Gavin

By Lettie Gavin

Interweaving own tales with ancient photographs and history, this energetic account files the historical past of the greater than 40,000 ladies who served in aid and army responsibility in the course of global conflict I. via own interviews and excerpts from diaries, letters, and memoirs, Lettie Gavin relates poignant tales of women?’s wartime stories and offers a special viewpoint on their development in army provider. American ladies in international battle I captures the spirit of those decided patriots and their occasions for each reader and should be of targeted curiosity to army, women?’s, and social historians.

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They needed girls who had stenographic skills; I was good at it," she recalled many years later. "I could take dictation pretty fast. It was the Gregg method of shorthand, but I invented some of my own. They gave us uniforms just as fast as they could get them made. Oh, I had the neatest suit you ever saw. We had white shirts, and they were the devil because you always had a ring around the neck. "3 The numbers of female yeomen increased rapidly over the next few months, reaching a peak strength of more than 11,000 in 1918 and providing a huge pool of talent from which the Navy could draw.

Each man who marched away left behind a job in a factory, a schoolroom, a bank, in the postal service, or on a farm. Those jobs were filled by women. When it became clear that many of these men would never come home, the old notion of a "woman's place" had to be reconsidered. S. author Harry Franklin Porter wrote in a national magazine. Women simply had to take over every job they could possibly manage. In England, women clerks numbered more than 100,000 by 1916, and thousands of women had enlisted in Queen Mary's Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC), taking over for men who were fighting in France.

30, 1939): 2. 7. Dessez, 50. 8. Daisy M. Pratt Erd file, newspaper clipping (unidentified, but probably the Boston Globe), included in archival material donated to the Naval Historical Center, Washington, DC. 9. The Note Book, 2. 10. Lt. Donna J. Fournier, USNR, "Forgotten Enlisted Women of World War I," The Retired Officer Magazine (October 1984): 31. 11. Dessez, 17. 12. Fournier, 31. 13. Nell Weston Halstead, "Then and Now, Women in White," American Legion Magazine (October 1937): 3435. 14. Author interview with Helen Dunbar McCrery Burns, Port Townsend, WA, 1988.

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