A film produced by
The History Project
Produced, written and directed by Leslie Sewell
narrated by Cokie Roberts

Funding provided by
The Kiplinger Foundation, Humanities Foundation of Washington, DC, The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

The story of the young women who flocked to Washington, D.C. during the 1940s to help in the mobilization for World War II and how their experience during the war years changed their lives, the city and American society.

Spies, code breakers, strategic analysts, clerks. Young women, nearly a million strong by war’s end streamed into Washington filled with patriotism and enthusiasm to aid the World War II homeland effort. They came for reasons of patriotism, excitement and independence.

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