Told through 100-year old letters, photos, archival footage, and interviews with family and historians, the “Hello Girls” reveals the relatively unknown story of 223 American women who served overseas during WWI as telephone operators. They served with distinction, wore Army uniforms, were subject to military law, and swore Army oaths. Several received military awards and decorations. They also served during the occupation of Germany and the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. The last of the Hello Girls returned home in 1920, only to told they were never soldiers. For 60 years they fought the US government for recognition. In 1977, they won, unfortunately only 30 were still alive. This is the story of American’s First Female Soldiers and General Pershing’s secret battlefield weapon.
2018 / United States
Director: James William Theres
Producers: James William Theres, Elizabeth Cobbs
Screening 1: Red Cliffs 2, Tuesday at 11:40 AM
Screening 2: Red Cliffs 1, Thursday at 3:10 PM