As a historian, it is my passion to show people that history can be fun and interesting, but most of all, that history is relevant to many of the issues we are dealing with today.
In April I will be defending my master’s thesis – a study of the experiences of women in the Women’s Army Corps as they made the transition into the then all-male Army of the 1970s. As part of my research, I conducted oral history interviews who enlisted during this transition and will use them as part of a documentary film.
These women responded, in part, to the Army recruiting ads of the 1970s, which promised them travel, education, and most importantly, equal opportunity. But could equal opportunity truly exist in “this man’s Army?”