On May 15, 1942, the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAACs) was formed, granting women official military status for the
first time in U.S. history. President Roosevelt set what was thought to be a very ambitious recruitment goal of 25,000 women.

The women of America responded in greater numbers than anyone in Washington had imagined, as over the next three years, some 150,000 women answered the call to serve.