Please join us for a screening and panel discussion of the documentary film The Hello Girls - part of Wilton's Centennial Celebrations of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment. The film tells the story of the 223 women sent to France in 1918 by the U.S. Army Signal Corps to work on the war effort as telephone operators. After a 60-year effort, with the help of Senator Barry Goldwater and Congresswoman Lindy Boggs, they finally won recognition in 1977.
Please register online or call 203-762-6334. No charge. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library, The League of Women Voters, Wilton Historical Society, and the James B. Whipple American Legion Post 86.
Following the screening, three panelists will discuss the film, the role of women in the U.S. Armed Forces, and the impact of the return of the Hello Girls at the end of WW1 on the path toward ratification of the 19th Amendment.
The panelists are:
Ret. Captain Doris Lippman, EdD, US Army, Vietnam Veteran, Fairfield University Faculty (Ret.), recipient of the Honorary Order of the Purple Heart
Dr. Amy Pettigrew, granddaughter of "Hello Girl" Ellen Turner and former Dean, Dade College School of Nursing and Xavier University School of Nursing
Dr. Darla Shaw, Professor Emeritus, Western Connecticut State University [Education and Women's Studies], actor/depictor of Women in History and 38-year veteran of the Ridgefield School System.
Event Type(s): Library Program
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