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The Hello Girls

William G. McGowan Theater
Washington, DC

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Featuring archival film and photographs from the National Archives, this new documentary film tells the story of America’s first female soldiers. In 1918 the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France as telephone operators to help win the Great War. By war's end, they had connected over 26 million calls and were recognized by Gen. John J. Pershing for their service. When they returned home, the U.S. Government told them they were never soldiers. For 60 years, they fought their own government for recognition. Following the screening, director James Theres and historian and author Mitchell Yockelson will discuss the film and answer audience questions.

Digital footage used in this film was made possible in part by an anonymous donor and the National Archives Foundation.



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