Today in Military History: May 15, 1942; Creation of Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps

On May 15, 1942 congress passes a bill establishing an all female corps in the U.S. Army and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs it into law the next day. The bill creates the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAACs) and grants females official status in the military. The legislation was introduced a year earlier by the first women elected to Congress, Rep. Edith Nourse Rogers (R-MA).