19 Real Life WWI Heroes Who’ll Inspire You To Find Your Inner Wonder Woman
Spoiler alert: Men got in the way a lot.
Princess Eugenie Mikhailovna Shakhovskaya, who became the first woman military pilot in 1914.
Edith Cavell, a Red Cross nurse who became a symbol for Allied troops when she was executed by firing squad by German forces at age 49 for aiding Allied soldiers in escaping enemy territory.
Marthe Cnockaert, who was a double agent for Allied forces and parlayed her spy experience into a career as a novelist.
Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Belgium, who earned the title of “Queen Nurse” for her care and attention to the Allied troops.
Anna Coleman Ladd, who used her skills as an artist to sculpt new faces for soldiers wounded in battle.
Dorothy Lawrence, who passed herself off as a man to enlist in the British army.
Dr. Elsie Inglis, who set up the first female-run medical units during the war, and traveled all over. At one point she was even captured by the Germans.
Virginia Gildersleeve, who set up one of the first Women's Land Army camps in Bedford, New York, for Barnard College students and alumni.
The Hello Girls, who operated switchboards under fire (literally).
Chief Operator Grace Banker, who sat through an eight-building fire to stay at her post as a switchboard operator during the war.
Loretta Perfectus Walsh, who became the first American woman to become an active-duty Navy member, thanks to a loophole in the 1916 Naval Act. (13,000 other women signed up!)
Bella Raey, who became a well-known soccer player while aiding the war effort as a Munitionette.
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