Mildred McAfee, President of Wellesley College, was named to head the Women’s Reserve of the Navy known as the WAVES (Women Accepted for Emergency Volunteer Service). Utilizing a network of fellow academics, McAfee quickly developed policy and programs to recruit, train and deploy more than 80,000 women officers and enlisted personnel between 1943 and 1945.
“My first assignment was just getting enough women to start doing something, and what they were to do was as vague to me as it was to all the rest of the Navy at that time."
This Time magazine came out when Captain Mildred H. McAfee, WAVES
Director, and Admiral Ernest J.
King, Commander in Chief, US Fleet, were preparing
to speak on a nation-wide
broadcast celebrating the second anniversary of
the WAVES, 31 July 1945.