This Month in History: Women's Army Corps

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This Month in History: Women's Army Corps

This Month in History : Women's Army Corps
On May 14 the United States Army created the Women's Army  Corps or WAC. They were the first official women's army unit that served in World War 11. The group was created by congresswomen Edith Nourse Rogers because she wanted women who supported the army to get the same benefits of being officially part of the Army which they day did not get in World War 1. Eventually, there were also the Women Air Force Service Pilots(WASPS) and the Women Navy Reserve (WAVES).  The women served in non-combat roles so the men could fight on the front.  Some of the jobs women did for the military included medical care professionals, welfare workers, clerical workers, cooks, messengers, military postal employees, chauffeurs, and telephone and telegraph operators. 60,000 women served in WACs during World War 2. They were an army unit until 1979 when they were integrated with the regular army instead of having a special unit of just women. If you want to know more about women serving in Word War check out these items at the DC Library.

The unwomanly face of war : an oral history of women in World War II

Our mothers' war : American women at home and at the Front during World War II

A few good women : America's military women from World War I to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan