When the United States entered World War II, Oveta Culp Hobby was asked to organize a women's support section for the Army. She agreed, and through her efforts, more than 150,000 women served in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. In January 1945, Hobby was awarded the Army's Distinguished Service Medal for her work.

Today, her words about women and the war effort are inscribed on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington: "Women who stepped up were measured as citizens of the nation, not as women. . . . This was a people’s war, and everyone was in it." More»

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Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby, First Director, Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. U.S. Army Signal Corps Collection.