Today in Feminist History: Eleanor Roosevelt Praises Women’s Military Service (May 30, 1943)

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Today in Feminist History is our daily recap of the major milestones and minor advancements that shaped women’s history in the U.S.—from suffrage to Shirley Chisholm and beyond. These posts were written by, and are presented in homage to, our late staff historian and archivist, David Dismore.


May 30, 1943: In a Memorial Day address to the Women’s Military Service Club today in New York, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt praised the accomplishments of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, and indicated that entire WAAC units may soon be stationed outside the U.S.

PHOTO: WAAC: ” THIS IS MY WAR TOO!”

Roosevelt notes:

“Some of you, I rather think before long, all of you, may have the opportunity to go overseas, as many as want to.”

She cited the pressing need for members of the WAAC to work alongside our troops now in England, and noted that President…

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