I am a 1940 Ambassador and I help spread the word about 1940 US Census Community Project. .
Today I am blogging about Women's History Month and famous women of the 1940's.
1942: The Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) are established. Congress authorizes women to serve in the U.S. Navy.
1943: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is founded.
1946: The United Nations is established; Eleanor Roosevelt is appointed as a U.S. delegate.
1948: High jumper Alice Coachman becomes the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal.
1949: Mildred “Babe” Didrikson and other women create the Ladies Professional Golf Tour.
|The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, founded during World War II, showcases talented players from around the country.|
|Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald begins her solo career in the early 1940s and becomes one of America’s leading jazz singers.|
|Known as “Rosie the Riveter,” this popular figure is part of a government campaign to bring women into the workplace during the war.|
|The Andrews Sisters are a popular singing group of the 1940s, with wartime hits such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”|
Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics
Pictures: Corbis | Library of Congress | Associated Press (2) |