Category: women

“There is no armistice for Charley or for any …

“There is no armistice for Charley or for any of the others in that ward. One of the boys began to sob. I went and talked soothingly to him, but what could I
say, knowing he would die before night? Well, it’s
over. I have to keep telling myself,
it’s over, it’s over, it’s over. But there is still that letter to write to
Charley’s mother. Can’t seem to put myself together.”

November 1918, after the armistice, American
nurse in France “I saw them die” – Photo: 1918, France, American nurse in her room – Schlesinger library – Radcliffe Institute,
Harvard University.

Note: “Charley” was a patient who had just died.



If you
could have seen me!

November 11 1918 – At 11:30am when the sound of
cannon boomed the joyful news it took us about two minutes to descend from the fifth floor to the square below. The
French seemed stunned at first— they couldn’t in a minute throw off these four
years of horror and grief. But the Red Cross turned out strong! A drum appeared from somewhere,
I produced my flags and in a
moment a mad crowd was singing the Marsellaise. If you could have seen me! The whole of Paris seemed to join in the
parade. You never saw anything like it.

After getting some lunch  I tried to get back to the office but it was impossible. My
flags attracted so much
attention that I was forced into every parade I met!

American Red Cross lady in Paris – Intimate Letters from France –  Image: November 11 1918, American Red Cross lady & soldiers having great fun while celebrating the armistice in Paris. Here, awesome & short YouTube video showing the armistice celebrations on the Front and in Paris. Here, photo of this lady with her American and French flags.

“November 9 1918 – Apart from the remote…

“November 9 1918 – Apart from the remote possibility
of air-raids, Paris is a joyous city to be in; its
atmosphere is exceedingly optimistic. The theatres are crowded, the cafes busy,
the shops doing a thriving business. Well-dressed ladies are everywhere, and the
proverbial gayety of the great capital seems undiminished. There is, of course,
the undercurrent of suffering, borne with a smiling face but the indomitable
spirit of France will not submit to gloom!”

C Edgar
, American journalist in Paris – Photo: 1918, happy American and French
ladies in Paris by U.S.
Signal Corps photographer Wesley Strait – Niles Laughner’s Militaria Blog & First World War on Film

‘Wednesday November 6 1918 – Awakened at…

‘Wednesday November 6 1918 – Awakened at 5
A.M., enroute for Marle at 6:30 with branchardiers & their baggage. We
were the first Americans in
Marle!! What a reception! People waved their hands; men tipped their hats. Civilians went wild when French marched
thru. Ladies embraced the

civilians are overjoyed. They say the Bosche’s morale is the lowest and admit their own fate. The Bosche
regime here was terribly strict & the civils liken their four years with
the Bosche to 4 yrs. Of prison.

out to La Tombelle and back again to
Marle then relieved.’

American ambulance driver in the
Aisne sector, France – Google map Diaries of Samuel Keplinger – Photo: 1918, Aisne
sector, taken by an American ambulance driver, smiling French ladies and
soldiers standing front of an American ambulance. Weber State University

“We smile at each other acros…

“We smile at each other
across the counter and make bets on the opening date of my canteen in Berlin (a
joke that never ceases to be amusing) and I promise them free coffee and countless cigarettes. They laugh and make
remarks to each other as they carry their food to the tables, and I know they
won’t forget me.”

1918, American lady, Red Cross canteen worker in France – The Red Cross Bulletin; Volume 2 – WW1, France, Red cross canteen workers and soldiers smiling at each other. Library of Congress

                                     VOTE &nda…

                                     VOTE – If YOU Don’t WHO WILL–?–


                                          November 5 1918, “getting the gossip" from a soldier

“I just had the most wonderful time. I am so
glad and proud of having had the privilege to be over there. I wouldn’t have
missed the experience for anything.”

Mary Shannon Webster, American Red Cross canteen
worker looking back fondly on her wartime service in France – Photo: a famous
WW1 photo, taken November 5 1918, showing this same lady, Mary S Webster, serving
hot chocolate to an American soldier in Ménil-la-Tour, Lorraine, France. Text
& photo:

‘The old-time politician who kissed babies, pa…

‘The old-time
politician who kissed babies, passed out cigars, and had a flow of pleasing
palaver for every possible audience, is threatened with dangerous
competition. Women have invaded his sacred preserves.

Women’s campaign committees are springing up all over the
country. The suffragists are bubbling over with excitement. They are jubilant
over approaching victory.

These women will likely go in for political parades, brass bands, red
lights, and all the trimmings. During the war they made a pleasing spectacle in every
demonstration—Red Cross, Emergency Aid, Salvation Army, and what not. Parading
will not be a new thing for them.

Years of patient effort in behalf of “Votes for Women" have
given them a wealth of experience in public speaking. They will pull door-bells
just like men and will labor indefatigably to get out every last vote in their wards.’

A shortened version of an article published after WW1 in The Reader Digest
“Now Comes the Feminine Spellbinder” – Photo taken in 1920 at the New
York St. Patrick’s Day Parade. These ladies are campaigning for women’s


                                                 “I think he’s getting neurotic about me”

“October 18 1918 – I walked down the beach road this morning with Pat. He wagged along
beside me, looking up every few steps with adoring brown eyes and gurgling in his throat when I looked at him. I talk to him a great deal, mostly any nonsense that comes into my head, and
it’s very obvious that he feels flattered. He’s very pretty in
the sunlight. If I sit
down, he clambers into my lap like a great baby, and remains there perfectly
contented. He scarcely ever
leaves me now and I think he is
getting neurotic about me. But all the same I enjoy his ardent attention.”

American nurse’s diary in

France’s northern coast

“Sister: The War Diary of a Nurse“ – Photo: vintage photo showing a nurse and her doggy.

                       VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOT…


“A foreman in the factory
pointed out a man who “would not have voted for suffrage” had he
guessed that women were "to rush in and gobble
everything up.” I tried to make him see that it wasn’t the vote that gave the voracious appetite, but necessity or
desire to serve. And in any case, women do not push
men out, they push them up.”

1918, awesome Harriot
Stanton Blatch, American writer & suffragist –