Hough, Cobbs, Theres honored by U.S. Army Women’s Hall of Fame for Hello Girls work
By Amy Baker
via the Army Women’s Hall of Fame
Last week, as our nation celebrates Women’s History Month & International Women’s Day, the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation recognized extraordinary Army Women by inducting the 2019 class of Army women into the Army Women’s Hall of Fame March 7th on Capitol Hill.
Among those inductees were, collectively, the U.S. Army Telephone Operators of World War I -- aka the "Hello Girls".
Representing those female World War I heroes were three special partners to the United States World War I Centennial Commission -- all members of the special Task Force for gaining Congressional Gold Medal recognition for the women:
- Attorney Mark Hough, who succeeded in 1978, in lobbying for Congressional recognition for the women's service, nearly fifty years after their return from WWI
- Elizabeth Cobbs, author of the definitive "Hello Girls" book
- Jim Theres, director of the award-winning documentary, “The Hello Girls,”.
All three received Special Recognition Awards at the Army Women's Foundation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Their efforts were crucial for spotlighting the story of America’s very first women soldiers.
Mr. Hough's legal and political efforts were the fifty-third attempt, in forty nine years, to gain official 'veteran' status for the women who served in critical military communication roles throughout the war, and after, in support of the Peace Conference of Versailles.
Ms. Cobbs book, and Mr. Theres' one-hour film, truly shined a wide public spotlight spotlight on that group of brave, selfless women who were not officially recognized for their work until it was too late for most of them.
The U.S. Army Women's Hall of Fame is managed by the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation. The U.S. Army Women’s Foundation is the premier center for educational excellence, the national network for today’s Army women, and a dynamic advocate for telling the history of Army women. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to recognize and honor the service of women in the Army and to support the Army Women’s Museum. For more information, visit: www.awfdn.org.