The Hello Girls by Elizabeth Cobbs
America's First Women Soldiers

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She painstakingly charts the steady shift in the attitudes of President Woodrow Wilson and his cabinet towards the women's vote, with an eye for the perfect, lacerating detail.
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In 1918 the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France to help win World War I. Elizabeth Cobbs reveals the challenges these patriotic young women faced in a war zone where male soldiers resented, wooed, mocked, saluted, and ultimately celebrated them. Back on the home front, they fought the army for veterans’ benefits and medals, and won.
 

About Elizabeth Cobbs

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Elizabeth Cobbs is Melbern G. Glasscock Chair in American History at Texas A&M University and a Research Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution.
 
Published April 6, 2017 by Harvard University Press. 400 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, War, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Above average
on Jan 24 2017

The author’s story of these women’s recruitment, war work, and postwar frustration is stronger than her argument tying their service to the achievement of women’s suffrage, whose political supporters had complicated, often self-serving motives. A fresh, well-researched contribution to military and gender history.

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Reviewed by Glen Weldon on Apr 06 2017

She painstakingly charts the steady shift in the attitudes of President Woodrow Wilson and his cabinet towards the women's vote, with an eye for the perfect, lacerating detail.

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