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Brookdale Event: “Skirted Soldiers”

“SKIRTED SOLDIERS – THE WOMEN’S ARMY CORPS AND GENDER INTEGRATION OF THE U.S. ARMY DURING WW II”

MELISSA ZIOBRO

PROFESSOR, MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY

Prior to WW I, the U.S. Army occasionally used within its ranks women in “gender appropriate” roles such as cooks and nurses. However, early 20th Century advances in military communications provided the Army with additional opportunities to employ women such as using them as telephone operators throughout the Great War. Despite the successful use of women in time of need, the Army remained gender restricted until the advent of World War II when women were enlisted to spare men from non-combat duties and be assigned to combat roles. Urgent wartime demands necessitated the use of able, willing citizens, regardless of gender, all leading to pioneering post WW II legislation guaranteeing women a permanent place in America’s military services. Listen to Melissa Ziobro, former command historian at Fort Monmouth and Monmouth University Adjunct Professor of History relate all that opened the doors to the gender integration of the U.S. Army.

Tuesday, Mar.12, 7:30pm, Warner Student Life Center,

Fee: $12 adults, $5 students. Code: XWWTS 274

Note: Please note that this event is not affiliated with the CECOM Historical Office. We post this as a form of outreach and history information-sharing.

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