Initially, the Navy saw the WAVES as a small force of 10,000 women or less, based stateside in thee specific jobs. But as the number of women within the WAVES grew, and the number of jobs diversified, the Navy’s policy towards the women changed: from opening up the WAVES to different types of women, including African-American women, to allowing the women to serve in specific overseas Naval stations.


This exhibit provided courtesy of Elena Rosenfeld