Military Women's Memorial
Memorial Ave. and Schley Dr, Arlington, VA 22211
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Noon - 5 p.m.
Hello Girls DVD
In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France at General Pershing’s explicit request. They were masters of the latest technology: the telephone switchboard. While suffragettes picketed the White House and President Wilson struggled to persuade a segregationist Congress to give women of all races the vote, these courageous young women swore the army oath and settled into their new challenges they faced in a war zone where male soldiers wooed, mocked,and ultimately celebrated them.
The army discharged the last Hello Girls in 1920, the year Congress ratified the Nineteenth Amendment. When they sailed home, they were unexpectedly dismissed without veterans’ benefits and began a sixty-year battle that a handful of survivors carried to triumph in 1979.
The Military Women's Memorial honors and tells the stories of women, past and present, who serve our nation.