Loretta Walsh was born in Philadelphia on April 22, 1896. Even though women had been serving in the Navy decades before Walsh ever did, she was the first to have identical pay & benefits as the men. Those who enlisted before she did often worked as nurses & were treated as civilians, not military personnel. Walsh stands as the first of 13,000 women who enlisted in the Navy. Today she is a very important piece of female as well as naval history. At 18 she became the first female Chief Yeoman.
World War II: Women in the Fight Marie Hansen's striking 1942 striking photograph of Women's Auxiliary Army Corps members, commonly known as WAACs, donning gas masks at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, illustrates enduring themes from the war: fear, courage, and -- in an unsubtle message to the country as a whole -- the power of unity in the face of an unknown threat. The WAACs were famously praised by General Douglas MacArthur, who called them "my best soldiers."