I'm in some kind of hush, hush business. Somewhere in Wash. D.C. If I say anything I'll get hung for sure. I guess I signed my life away. But I don't mind it. - Jaenn Magdalene Coz, writing to her mother in 1945
To all these women, and to Margaret Talbot
The planes looked like distant pinpoints at first, and few who saw them took them seriously even up to the moment they dropped theirs payloads.
That day of commitment to democracy remained sacred to her.
Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them.… (more)