“In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I”

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum
February 2, 2018
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Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Army nurse, Camp Sherman, OH, 1918

The majority of the 21,400 women in the Army Nurse Corps were graduates of nursing schools, but to alleviate staffing shortages the Army waived state registration requirements and increased age limits. Both the Army and Navy assigned nurses to overseas duty in record numbers during the war.

Courtesy Grace (Mechlin) Sparling Collection, Gift of Lillian S. Gillhouse, Women’s Memorial Foundation Collection