On July 30, 1942, Congress granted women the opportunity to serve their country as a member of the United States Navy. This time things would be different. Women were granted the same ranks and titles as their male counterparts. While intended to be a temporary wartime measure, the WAVES, or Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, program would make a lasting impact on the Navy. During 1943-1945, many of the WAVES were trained on the campus of GSCW. Their experience is documented in this set. Join Special Collections in celebrating their service to their country and their time on our campus.