Women Being Sworn In To The Navy
U.S. Women Serving As Phone Operators In France
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WWI

Thirty Thousand Women Were There:
In 1901 and 1908 the establishment of the Army and Navy Nurse Corps opened the door for women in the
military but ever so slightly. It wasn't until the United States got involved in World War One that some parts of
the government got serious about using woman power.
As the Army stumbled around bureaucratic red tape trying to figure out how to enlist women the Navy simply
ignored the War Department dissenters and quickly recruited women. Nearly 13,000 women enlisted in the Navy
and the Marine Corps on the same status as men and wore a uniform blouse with insignia. The Navy's policy was
extended to the Coast Guard, but personnel records from World War I contain scarcely any references to the
Coast Guard Yeomanettes. A handful of them apparently were employed at the diminutive Coast Guard
headquarters building in Washington. Nineteen-year-old twin sisters Genevieve and Lucille Baker transferred from
the Naval Coastal Defense Reserve to become the first uniformed women in the Coast Guard. With the war's end
the Coast Guard Yeomanettes, along with their Navy and Marine Corps counterparts, were mustered out of the
service.
These were the first women in the U.S to be admitted to some military rank and status.
Nurses in WWl. The first war that allowed nurses to
serve openly. Made possible by the Army Nurse Corps.
WWI Yeomanettes At Mare Island Naval Shipyard California
Sign reads "While the boys were away we worked for Victory"