Welcome to the website and blog for Homefront Heroines: the WAVES of Word War II, the documentary film following a group of quirky, individual and determined women who decided to go where no woman had gone before – into the Navy as WAVES. It tells the story of the more than 100,000 women who joined the Navy during World War II. They were Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, or WAVES.
This was the first time the military officially welcomed women into jobs other than nursing. Women served in all branches of the military; in the Navy, they took stateside positions, freeing men to head to combat overseas. They served for the duration plus six months. After the war was over, the women were expected to happily return home and their old lives. But instead, when the war was over, they returned home, irrevocably changed by the experience. They may not have realized it at the time, but they were riding on the cusp of the wave of the future; a generation which changed the course of American life. As one WAVE notes, they were the “hinges of history.”
That history will be told in Homefront Heroines.