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The Lyceum WWI Lecture Series-“The Hello Girls”

Title:The Lyceum WWI Lecture Series-“The Hello Girls”
Date & Time:Thu Mar 1, 2018 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
201 S. Washington St.
Event Details:On the eve of American involvement in World War I, the Selective Service Act drafted 2.8 million American men to do their part for home and country. Three hundred remarkable women known as “The Hello Girls” were selected to operate the vital communications network that helped the Allies win. Each came from a different geographic and economic background, but they were united in their fierce patriotism and determination to prove that women had a role to play on the war front, not just the home front. For the first time in U.S. history, at General John Pershing’s urging, a handful of women volunteered, too, specially qualified to operate the most advanced communications technology of the day: the telephone switchboard. And while WWI ended some 18 months later for those first female soldiers, their battle for recognition as military veterans continued for six long decades. In time for the centennial of WWI, acclaimed historian and author Elizabeth Cobbs, Ph.D., has written the defining account of the first women to serve in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Set against the backdrop of the suffrage movement and the communications revolution, The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers summons a time when women possessed citizenship only through their fathers and husbands; but their story remains a potent key to comprehending how American women became soldiers—and eventually leaders—of their nation.
Contact Phone No.:703.746.4994
Fees:$10. A combination ticket for the full series (March 1, 15, and 22) is available for $25.
Audience:Anyone may attend
Tags:Lecture, Lyceum, Museums, Old Town

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