FREE! Army Women in World War I

by  Army Women's Museum

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In April 1917, the United States ended isolationism and entered a war it had been avoiding for years. With President Woodrow Wilson's declaration of war, over 4 million "doughboys" volunteered or were drafted for service in the U.S. Army. In addition, thousands of women answered the call to serve-providing skilled labor both at home and abroad. Their efforts and contributions during the war helped expediate the passage of the 19th amendment: the right to vote regardless of gender.

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This and all programs offered by the U.S. Army Women's Museum are free.


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 35 students.

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
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Army Women's Museum

Fort Gregg-Adams, VA
United States

The U.S. Army Women's Museum serves as an educational institution, providing military history training and instruction to soldiers, veterans and the civilian community. The museum is the custodian and repository of artifacts and archival material pertaining to the service of women across all branches and organizations of the U.S. Army from inception to the present day. The museum collects, preserves, manages, interprets and exhibits these unique artifacts as a means to provide training and educational outreach.

Tracy Bradford

Program Details


The program opens with an introduction to the U.S. Army Women's Museum and a brief review of the role of the museum, artifacts, and archives.
Explanation of roles women had during WW1
Examination of the Salvation Army
Examination of the Army Nurse Corps through artifacts
A study of Virginia Oakley and her role in WW1
A study of the artifacts of Ethel Gray during her time and work during WW1
A study of the Signal Corps Operators
Introducing the story of Marie Louise Ruffe
A study of the Ordnance Corps during WW1
Introducing the story of Mary Hillerman and her time and work during WW1
Return to Woodrow Wilson and Suffrage


The purpose of this lesson is to have students understand fundamental concepts of history during WW1, as they are introduced to the changing role of the United States in World History in the early 1900s through the eyes of American women who served during this time period. Artifacts and archives are the basis of this lesson.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.11-12.RH.9 -- Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.RL.4 -- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.RL.1 -- Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.NSS-USH.5-12.7 ERA 7: THE EMERGENCE OF MODERN AMERICA (1890-1930)

State Standards

Virginia Standards of Learning
USII.5.C The student will demonstrate knowledge of the changing role of the United States from the late nineteenth century through World War I by explaining the reasons for the United States’ involvement in World War I and its international leadership role at the conclusion of the war.
VUS.9.b The student will demonstrate knowledge of the emerging role of the United States in world affairs by evaluating United States involvement in World War I, including Wilson’s Fourteen Points, the Treaty of Versailles, and the national debate over treaty ratification and the League of
WHII.10a, b The student will demonstrate knowledge of the worldwide impact of World War I by
a) explaining economic causes, political causes, and major events and identifying major leaders of the war, with emphasis on Woodrow Wilson and Kaiser Wilhelm II;
b) explaining the outcomes and global effect of the war and the Treaty of Versailles.