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��Feminine Gender of Preparedness

�� ���At left, women seated at desks learning the routine of the field tel- egrapher's work. This was easy compared with retiring at nine- thirty o'clock and throwing out of camp a vender of bathtubs

Below, one of the ex- ercises that formed a regular part of the day's work. Two weeks of this and the women soldiens were considered "fit"

���To demon- strate that getting ready for war is not a man's job alone, two hundred wom- en from New York, New Jersey, Massa- chusetts and many other States have been camping since May first in quasi -mili- tary fashion at Chevy Chase, within sight of the dome of the Capitol. From reveille to taps, the latter at nine- thirty o'clock,

each day is crammed full of drills, setting up exercises, lectures, classes in care of the sick and wounded and Red Cross work. The soldierettes are routed out of bed at six-thirty in the morn- ing, after a night on a hard cot, with only fifteen minutes to reach the mess tent for a breakfast of ham and eggs, boiled potatoes and prunes. There are no maids and no morning porcelain tubs. Instead there are galvanized water buck- ets and agateware wash-basins. The women members of the Navy League are the sponsors of the camp and the formal name given it is the National Service School

��� ����In the hospital tent shown above,

the women were taught to make

bed socks, operating robes and

other hospital garments

To the left, women marching in

their long khaki skirts, army

shirts, or rather waists, boots

and broad-brimmed hats

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