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WACS SEE NEW LIFE AHEAD IN POST-WAR ERA Marriage to Reflect Army Training. "My husband is going to have to wash his own dishes after the war." That's what WAC Pvt. Miriam Brown of Philadelphia, Penn., is planning' for her postwar resumption of domestic life. Private Brown was one of 10 WACs interviewed at Fort Des Moines and in the women's army corps downtown buildings on this question: "Ho tv -much difficulty do yon think the average WAC ic ill have after the war in mold ii U the transition f row ainnj life tt uasliiittf the dishes, takiitf care of babies and other domestic tasks i" "My husband is washing dishes and doing other KP duty in the army and .so am I," added Private Brown. "There isn't any reason why that can't continue after the war. Fifty-fifty is the best system." Many Ideas. OtheF WACs had a variety of ideas on how they will find the civilian world after the peace is figned. Declared Second Lieutenant Dorothy White, 33, of Washington, D. C: We have been so far removed from domestic life that even now we welcome anything with a domestic angle. I never w ould touch a mop in my eivili- an days. I really like to wield one now. And the girls going to cooks' and bakers' school will be a lot better off than if they hadn't joined. So will their husband?, in the quality of ni-als." First Lieutenant June Thorn-burg. 31. of Columbus, Ohio, looks upon WAC life as a stabilizing factor. Learn Self Control.. "We all have learned a great deal of self-control and a lot of give and take," she observed. "Stabilized emotions have resulted. These girls will not find the civilian world the same as it was when they entered the service. I definitely will not be satisfied with civilian life again because I like the army and its discipline." First Lieutenant Ruth McCtaw, -'J. of N.-w York, N. V., a former actress and dancer, said: "WACs who have children probably will Ik- better mothers than if they had not been in the army. One of the most im-Iortant things the women are getting out of this experience is a wider understanding of people." First Lieutenant Evelyn V. Nelson. 2'J, of Madison, Wis., said most of them will be anxious to nturn to domesticity. "This is just a job for the duration." .vhe commented. "They will go back to washing dishes and lve it." Said Capt. Eleanor Sullivan, 39, cf Lawrence, Mass.: "These girls have made the adjustment into the army very well nd I think they will make the outgoing trmisittuu Just as smoothly I suppose I will be bored for a LtUe while though." "Can Always Io Job." First Lieutenant Gladys Clark, 26. of Franklin, Ky., said: "Certainly they will want to resume civilian lives again. It won't be much trouble for them. A woman can always do her job, whether it is issuing clothes to new WACs here or washing dishes back home." She is assigned to the clothing warehouse. Sergt. Ruth Mason of Mount Sterling, Ky., expects the WACs to "make that adjustment easily." "I was a second grade teacher and I know I could go right track." she added. "Rut I like this better." Pvt. Edna Myers, 28. of Waterloo, pointed out that "a lot of us are washing dishes now." "Easy Life." ' The adjustment certainly won't be hard for me," she asserted. "It will lj a return to easy life." Ivt. Ruth Ruby of Zeona, S. D., expects the transition will be 'pretty hard." "The change will be worse than it was when we came into the WAC," she said. "We will miss' this regular routine." j ; r? -".iinrt';f!ipfj!t

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  1. The Des Moines Register,
  2. 24 Aug 1943, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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