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‘Yeomen (F)’, Group photograph, with a large U.S. flag, taken at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, 30 October 1918. Some of them are wearing USS Southery hat bands. Other hat bands read U.S. Navy and U.S. Naval Reserve. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph, NH 53175.



North American Women and World War One


Saturday, 4 November 2017

University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ


The University of Worcester’s annual Women’s History Conference seeks papers for this year’s event under the heading of: ‘North American Women and World War One’

The United States entered World War One to make the world “safe for democracy” on April 6 1917. As in other belligerent countries, women would participate in the war effort in unprecedented ways in the twentieth century’s “war to end all wars”.

Women’s lives were affected by the conflict whether they contributed to the home front; worried about, or lost, loved ones; carried out “war work” of a host of different types; inspired patriotism and rallied public support or became involved in humanitarian organizations such as the American Red Cross, YMCA, Salvation Army and others or served in the military.

In the armed services Yeomen (F) or “Yeomanettes” served with the Navy and the Marine Corps. They learned to march in formation, carried rifles, participated in parades, “liberty bond” drives and served official military functions especially in administrative, secretarial and clerical positions but also as translators, draftswomen, fingerprint experts, ship camouflage designers and recruiting agents. The Army Nurse Corps was attached to the Army overseas and in France, 223 “Hello Girls” served as long-distance switchboard operators for the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

2017 marks the centenary of American entry into WWI and the host of facets of female participation, thus we invite you to submit a paper based on your current research in the field of ‘North American Women and World War One’.

Send an abstract of 300 words to Dr Wendy Toon by 31 July 2017.

The Conference is organised by: The Women’s History Network, Midlands Region



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