American Association of University Women
American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 . For 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW's mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
Take advantage of the AAUW's Two-Minute Activist tool, which is available on a number of issues, including H.R. 1718, U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act. The tool not only educates about the issue; it also puts one in direct contact with one's legislator in order to advocate on an issue.
Cadet Nurse Project
Thelma Morey Robinson and Paulie Morey Perry served as Cadet Nurses during World War II and the post war years. After 50 years, the U. S. Cadet Nurse Corps had been forgotten through the pages of time. Upon retirement, the Cadet Nurse sisters began a project to make the legacy of the Corps better known. More than 2,000 women who had served as cadet nurses and others who had been associated with the U. C. Cadet Nurse Corps were invited to participate in the project.
Harvard Nurses' Health Study
The Nurses’ Health Studies are among the largest and longest running investigations of factors that influence women’s health. Started in 1976 and expanded in 1989, the information provided by the 238,000 dedicated nurse-participants has led to many new insights on health and disease.
News about the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps also appears periodically in the Nurses' Health Studies Newsletter.
Read article in 2011 Newsletter.
Reminisce, North America’s top-selling nostalgia magazine, “brings back the good times” of the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, ‘60s and early ’70s. A variety of true, heart-felt stories are mainly written by the readers, not professional writers, which makes our magazine-and website-unique.
In the March 2014 issue is an article about one Cadet Nurse, Patty Simpson Beckmeyer, whose story is linked in the Scrapbook page of uscadetnurse.org.
This video stream from the Ball State University Digital Media Repository dramatizes the need for Cadet Nurses during World War II.
Catalog Reference: http://libx.bsu.edu/u?/WWIIHistFilm,76
This film is also available for purchase at criticalpast.com:
Beatrice Kalisch and Philip Kallisch wrote an article on this documentary and other aspects of the publicity campaign to recruit Cadet Nurses. It appeared in 1973 in Nursing Outlook under the title Be a Cadet Nurse: The Girl with a Future.
U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Membership Card Files
This database contains membership cards providing details on women who joined the Cadet Nurse Corps created during World War II.
What’s in the Records
This database contains Cadet Nurse Corps membership cards providing details on women who joined the Corps. There are four different card forms: 300A, 300B (pre-May 1944), 300B revised, and PG 400, which recorded post-graduate information. NARA provides the following description of the forms and the information each includes:
“Form 300A is a membership card and includes the name of the cadet, serial number, name of the nursing school or hospital, address of the school, and dates attended. Form 300B (before May 1944) only identifies the cadet by serial number and includes statistical information about the cadet such as age, hometown, marital status, occupation of her father, and how she found out about the program. In May 1944, Form 300B membership card was revised to include the information that was contained in Form 300A and the previous version of Form 300B. Form PG 400 includes the name and address of the cadet and any post-graduate information such as the name of the university or hospital and what degree was earned.”
Women in Military Service for America
This web site is about the Women's Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. The Women's Memorial is a unique, living memorial honoring all military women - past, present and future - and is the only major national memorial honoring women who have served in our nation's defense during all eras and in all services. Work on the Memorial was in progress for about 11 years and it was dedicated October 18, 1997. Some 200,000 people visit the Memorial annually.
U.S. Cadet Nurses may register at the Women's Memorial, or, if deceased, a relative may register them on their behalf. Download the registration form here.