Jane Hungerford Milbank organized an "Army of Columbians," to "train women, to broaden them, to teach them to take orders and obey commands and work as a team." (NYTimes, 19 May 1915) She believed that women would need to protect themselves and their country if the Germans came to the US in WWI, and also that women's suffrage demanded women's military readiness.
WWI military uniform of the Women's Motor Corps of America, who provided a way for women to participate in the First World War. Taking advantage of the advent of the automobile, women volunteered as drivers and provided transport services at home and abroad. This ensemble, with its Sam Brown belt and leather leggings, emulates the composition of the men's uniform at the time.