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#WomensHistoryMonth 2023 is coming to a close. I hope you enjoyed my daily tweets about #WomenWarReporters in the #FirstWorldWar as much as I did. You can re-read the short biographies in the thread below. Stay tuned for more research on fascinating women journalists during #WWI!
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Helen Johns Kirtland (1890-1979) was a photojournalist working for Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly. During the #FirstWorldWar she photographed in France, Belgium and Italy, showing particular concern to document women’s war work ... /1
... and the destruction brought about by the war. In 1917 she was allowed by the Italian High Command to the frontline after the retreat at Caporetto 1917, where 275,000 Italian troops had been captured. In the autumn of 1918, when the Austro-Hungarian and the Italian ... /2
... armies again confronted each other, Kirtland was granted special access to the front and allowed to photograph Italian soldiers in the trenches. In 1919 Kirtland and her husband photographed the Versailles peace conference. ... /3
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#WomensHistoryMonth #WomenWarReporters
Harriet Chalmers Adams (1875-1937) was an American explorer, geographer, journalist, photographer and lecturer who published accounts of her journeys in the National Geographic Magazine @NatGeo . During the #FirstWorldWar, in 1916, ... /1
... Adams went to France as a war correspondent for Harper’s Monthly Magazine. She was allowed to visit & photograph the French trenches in Lorraine during a French army tour & stayed for three months touring the region. She visited American hospitals & munition factories, ... /2
... where women were replacing the male workforce, and documented the impact of the war on the French civil population. Hidden in a cellar, she experienced the shelling of a French town by the Germans. ... /3
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#WomensHistoryMonth #WomenWarReporters
Peggy Hull (1889-1967, b. Henrietta Eleanor Goodnough Deuell) was an American writer and journalist who covered the #FirstWorldWar and Second World War. In November 1918, when the war in Europe had ended, she became the first and ... /1 Image
... only American female war correspondent officially credentialed by the US War Department. Subsequently, she continued to report on the Russian Civil War & American troops in Siberia. In 1917 she had been denied official accreditation & went to France on her own expenses ... /2
... publishing her accounts in the Paris army edition and in the Chicago edition of the Chicago Tribune, in the El Paso Morning Times, and for the Newspaper Enterprise Association. Through personal connections, including General Pershing, she gained privileged access to an ... /3
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🧵Good morning, friends! Today marks the 13th #VisibleWomen event! This will be a thread that goes over the history & basics then we'll get started. Submission instructions also posted here:…
What is the #VisibleWomen project? It's a effort to raise the profiles of women in the comic book industry **in order to get them work**. (More on that last part in a bit.)
For the next roughly 8 hours, this feed will signal boost portfolio & CV links of women in comics and related industries. We will then put those names and links on a spreadsheet database that is made available FOR FREE to any hiring professionals in the industry. #VisibleWomen
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Here is one of many historic objects held in the collections of the Harbor Defense Museum, Fort Hamilton, NY and highlights women in the Army.

#Armyhistory @USArmy #MilitaryHistory #WomensHistoryMonth Image
This is a necklace of twenty-eight (28) foreign coins joined together with wire through holes drilled in the coins. The donor, Technician Fourth Grade (T/4) Ruth Tenzer (bassoonist) was a member of the 401st Women’s Army Corp (WAC) Band stationed at USAG Fort Hamilton. @TRADOC Image
During WWII each branch of the military had all-female bands, performing with morale boosting music. The U.S. Army fielded five such bands: the 400th, 401st, 402nd, 403rd, and the 404th WAC Bands. The 404th being the only all-female, African American band in military history. Image
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When the U.S. garrison in the Philippines fell during #WWII, dozens of U.S. Army nurses were taken prisoner alongside their soldier comrades and administered to their countrymen’s medical needs during their long captivity. Image
There were approximately 100 U.S. military nurses in the Philippines when the Japanese invaded on 8 DEC 1941. When the enemy captured Camp John Hay and took two nurses prisoner, GEN Douglas MacArthur ordered all nurses to the island of Corregidor in Manila Bay. @USArmy @TRADOC
As Filipino-American forces prepared their desperate last stand on the Bataan Peninsula, two hospitals were established with medical staffs that included 45 nurses. They treated soldiers who suffered combat wounds as well as tropical diseases. #WomensHistoryMonth #MilitaryHistory Image
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"Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery.

Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery (via alliterate):

"Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge."
"Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because at that time there's not much exposure for women, so she said to heck with that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard."
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Army Nurse Corps 2LT Elsie Ott became the first woman to receive the U.S. Air Medal. Stationed in India with the U.S. Army Air Forces, she was assigned to an air evacuation unit.

On 17 Jan 1943,Lieutenant Ott was aboard an aircraft in route from Karachi, India, to Washington, D.C., with five patients bound for Walter Reed Army Hospital. She was a member of the flight crew that made the first ever intercontinental evacuation of patient by aircraft.
Counting intermediate stops, the flight took one week, evacuation by hospital ship would have taken about three months. During the flight, LT Ott kept detailed notes that improved patient care as the Army continued to develop its innovative aeromedical evacuation procedures.
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A shortage of experienced English-speaking switchboard operators during WWI opened the door to service for bilingual American women (dubbed “Hello Girls”) who wished to support the U.S. Army’s war effort.
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When the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) landed in France in 1917, GEN John J. Pershing found that the French women serving as switchboard operators spoke little English, making communication between U.S. headquarters almost impossible.

#WWI #WW1 #WW1History @USArmySMA
Bilingual American women filled the gap, joining the AEF as switchboard operators and run the command’s telephone networks. 223 of the approximately 7,000 applicants were selected and became known as the “Hello Girls.”

#WomensHistoryMonth #MilitaryHistory #Diversity Image
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For Women’s History Month, consider the ways in which enslaved women & girls were disproportionately harmed by their enslavers and the U.S. legal system, and how this legacy continues in our legal system today. 1/11 Thread: Women’s History Month & The Legacy of Slavery.
⚠️: slavery and physical & sexual abuse.

Slavery disproportionately harmed enslaved women and girls by subjecting them to higher rates of excessive physical and sexual abuse. The U.S. court system directly participated in upholding slavery by carrying out auctions 2/11
and enforcing contracts for the sale of enslaved people. The enslavement of individuals, and the disproportionate violence towards enslaved women & girls was upheld and supported by the U.S. legal system. 3/11
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SGT Leigh Ann Hester became the first woman awarded the Silver Star for combat valor through her actions on 20th MAR 2005, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

#Armyhistory #USArmy
While escorting a supply convoy near Baghdad in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, SGT Hester’s squad was ambushed by a group of approximately 50 insurgents armed with AK-47’s, heavy machine guns, and RPG’s.

#OperationIraqiFreedom #SilverStar #NationalGuard #Diversity #TRADOC
Outnumbered 5 to 1 and taking withering fire, Hester’s squad leader directed the squad to flank the enemy position in a nearby trench line and orchard. Hester positioned her vehicle so that her gunner could enfilade the enemy positions and dismounted. #WomensHistoryMonth
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🧵The first Black woman to run for the VP of the United States, one of the first African American women to own and run a newspaper, sued by the KKK, and suspected of Communist leanings to say Charlotta Bass was influential would be an understatement. #WomensHistoryMonth
The details of her Bass’s early life are murky, with accounts claiming she was born anywhere from 1874-1888, in Sumner South Carolina or Rhode Island.
By 1900 Bass was living in Rhode Island with one of her elder brothers. It would be there that she got her start in the newspaper industry selling subscriptions for the Providence Watchman.
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A #MilitaryPolice squad from the 617th MP Company of the Kentucky #ArmyNationalGuard whose call sign was Raven Four-Two, was shadowing a 30 vehicle supply convoy. Image
The convoy was ambushed by 50 Al-Qaeda insurgents using machine gun fire and RPG's in the largest ambush of the war. The three Humvees of Raven Four-Two with 10 personnel rushed into the kill zone to protect the convoy and prevent the enemy's escape.
During the 40 minute fire-fight, the squad leader, SSG Tim Nein and a team leader SGT Leigh Ann Hester, exposed themselves to enemy fire by moving through two trenches using rifle fire, throwing hand grenades and firing M203 Grenades to clear the trenches. Image
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Harriet Beecher Stowe's influential book Uncle Tom's Cabin was published #OTD in 1852. Stowe's anti-slavery novel was a huge success and pushed many Americans to reassess their attitudes toward slavery. Only the Bible sold more copies than Uncle Tom's Cabin during the 19 century.
Although Uncle Tom's Cabin had a profound effect on the anti-slavery movement, it did have flaws. For instance, Stowe developed the characters around negative Black stereotypes that eventually became standard talking points for proslavery supporters and white supremacists.
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In #WomensHistoryMonth (which is every month as far as I’m concerned but, still, hashtags etc etc) I’m highlighting some Thames Foreshore mudlarked finds that have links to women who either worked on the river or whose forgotten stories are told through these artefacts #mudlark
From the top, left to right:

• a handful of mostly Tudor-era, poss later, aglets. These were made of copper alloy, or silver/gold for high status people, some beautifully decorated, and protected the ends of cord or lace. We still use them, tho’ plastic, on our shoe laces 2/
- aglets cont. Women were involved both in aglet-making workshops and records from their Guild show that some of them ran aglet workshops if inherited from a husband.

• a 15th/16th century Pinner’s Bone, or Pinholder, found by me on the Thames last month, a dream find 3/
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I thought I'd live tweet my thoughts on Christine McGuiness: Unmasking My Autism.

#UnmaskingMyAutism #ActuallyAutistic #WomensHistoryMonth #Girls #GenderMinorities
Its living in conflict [hiding herself].

I totally get this as a trans Autistic ADHDer with chronic issues. I'm exciting to see what the programme brings and what Christine shares.
I understand myself more after diagnosis.

She is hyper sensitive with noise and smells like me! I also assumed i was like other people with my sensory experiences.
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Helene Weber, hatte angeblich immer 1 Stück Schokolade für den Kanzler dabei. Die Sozialpolitikerin kannte Adenauer noch aus Weimarer Zeiten u wusste um seine Schwächen: er hing einem hoffnungslosen Patriachalismus an - und er liebte Süßes. Aber Weber konnte auch anders.
Als Adenauer 1961 erneut sein Versprechen brach, eine Frau ins Kabinett zu nehmen, organisierte sie einen Sitzstreik. Mit Erfolg: Elisabeth Schwarzhaupt wurde die 1. Ministerin der Bundesrepublik.
Vor 142 Jahren wurde Helene Weber geboren.
#DieErstenihrerArt #WomensHistoryMonth
Übrigens: Eigentlich wäre die Juristin Schwarzhaupt die ideale Justizministerin gewesen, aber Adenauer lehnte das ab, mit dem Verweis darauf, dass mit Hilde Benjamin in der DDR bereits eine Frau diesen Posten inne habe. Welch bestechende Logik es allerdings erlaubte quasi jeden
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Between 1802 and 1882 Congress authorized the Army to hire laundresses. The women, who were the wives of enlisted men, received official rations. Their pay, however, came from the soldiers for whom they worked. Image
During the Civil War the Army hired thousands of women as nurses, cooks, matrons, laundresses, seamstresses, and waitresses. Many of these were African Americans who either had escaped from slavery or been liberated by the Army. Image
Some of the nurses served in field hospitals and came under enemy fire. As in the Revolutionary War, a few women disguised themselves as men and served in combat.

#Armyhistory #USArmy #WomensHistoryMonth #TRADOC #MilitaryHistory @USArmy @TRADOC Image
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Eleanor Roosevelt:
The woman who set the standard for modern first ladies to help their fellow citizens

Even though Eleanor Roosevelt was born into a well-to-do New York family on October 11, 1884, she did not have a happy childhood. By the time she was 10 years old, she had lost both her parents and a younger brother.
Her grandmother, whose care she was under, was a stern woman and kept her away from almost everyone except a few family members.
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TRIVIA TUESDAY: The Victory Book Campaign

The Victory Book Campaign (VBC) was a nationwide book drive est. in 1941 by the American Library Association, the American Red Cross, and the United Service Organizations (USO). It provided books to those serving overseas during #WWII Image
The VBC’s first national director was Althea Warren. She took a leave of absence from her job as head librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library to oversee the campaign. Warren contacted librarians across the country to volunteer with her. #WomensHistoryMonth @USArmy @TRADOC
Warren created specialized committees to handle the VBC’s publicity, book collection, and book distribution. She got other organizations to participate in the VBC, including book publishers, universities, the Works Projects Association, and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Image
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Rosa Parks:
How her refusal to give up her seat sparked a movement

Rosa Parks stood up for African Americans—by sitting down.

Although Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation granted slaves their freedom, for many years Black people were discriminated against in much of the United States.
In southern states, for instance, most Black children were forced to attend separate schools from white kids in classrooms that were often rundown, with outdated books. Image
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Florence Nightingale
The nurse who changed hospitals for the better

Florence Nightingale just wanted to help. As a young woman in England in the 1840s, she saw how hard it was for poor people to get help when they were sick.
She wanted to be a nurse, but her rich parents thought that the job was beneath her, that she should instead marry a wealthy man. Defying what most women of her time would do, she went to Germany to study nursing.
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With the establishment of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in World War II, women entered military service as something other than nurses for the first time.

#Armyhistory #USArmy #TRADOC #WW2 #WW2History #WomensHistoryMonth
The original concept for the WAAC was to assign women to critical non-combat roles and “free a man to fight.” They were expressly excluded from combat-related duties, and – as the name "auxiliary" implied – were not considered a formal part of the Army.
However, Army Chief of Staff GEN George C. Marshall experimented with allowing women to serve in a limited combat role as range-finder operators with anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) units of the Coast Artillery Corps (CAC) in the Continental United States beginning in 1942.
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