World War II Code Girls: What’s in a name?

Wed Mar 11, 2pm
Presented by: National Archives
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World War II (WWII) was a trying time for the United States, but also an engaging one for women. As in the past, women answered the wartime call to fill the workplace, however, WWII had different demands than previous conflicts. Technology had advanced and women were filling many new roles to meet those new demands. Cryptographers or “Code Girls” fall into this category. These positions were in many branches of the military as well as Federal agencies. Locating the “Code Girl” personnel records at the National Archives at St. Louis presents a unique challenge. Women’s records are historically difficult to track down due to name changes and naming conventions such as “Mrs. (husband’s name).” Reference Archives Specialist Cara Moore Lebonick, takes you through the process of tracking down “Code Girl” personnel records and deciphering what they can reveal! Ms. Lebonick will be broadcast in remotely via video from her workplace in St. Louis.

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