Come Join Us at the 2018 AUSA Annual Meeting!
As part of the centennial commemoration of World War I, the Army Women’s Foundation will present a special program honoring the service of the “Hello Girls: The First American Women Soldiers of WWI”.
Monday, 8 October 2018
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 209 B-C
• 1:00 – 2:00 pm Welcome/Screening of the Hello Girls Documentary
• 2:00 – 3:00 pm Panel discussion/Q&A
• Mr. James Theres – Writer, Director, and Executive Producer, “The Hello Girls: The Story of America’s First Female Soldiers”
• Dr. Sheldon H. Hochheiser, Ph.D. – AT&T Corporate Historian
• Ms. Ellouise Schoettler – Storyteller, Producer, and Reenactor
• Ms. Carolyn Timbie – granddaughter of “Hello Girl”, Grace Banker
• Dr. Francoise Bonnell, Ph.D., Director of the U.S. Army Women’s Museum at Fort Lee, Virginia, Author and recognized authority in women’s military history
To attend the professional development program, you must be registered to attend AUSA’s Annual Meeting at ausameetings.org/2018annualmeeting/registration-information/
About the Hello Girls:
In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France. They were masters of the latest technology: the telephone switchboard. General John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces, demanded female “wire experts” when he discovered that inexperienced doughboys were unable to keep him connected with troops under fire. Without communications for even an hour, the Army would collapse.
There were known as the “Hello Girls” American women fluent in French and English who answered the urgent call for telephone operators needed in France during World War I. They took oaths to join the US Army Signal Corps, underwent training before boarding ships to Europe, heading to war before most of the American soldiers arrived in France, connecting 26 million calls and ultimately proving to be a significant factor in winning the war. And then they were forgotten.