About the Project

In this site we’ll be telling the the stories of the WAVES of World War II, or Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service. The blog is part of the larger multimedia project “Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II.”

Our Team

Kathleen M. Ryan is the director of the interactive documentaries Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II and Pin Up! The Movie. She’s an associate professor of journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information. Her mother was a WAVE.

David Staton, our producer, is an assistant professor at the University of Northern Colorado.


Posts of Interest

Weapons Check

June 18, 2019

From our collection of National Archives photos.

Meet the WAVES and SPARs

June 8, 2011

We did oral history interviews with more than 50 women who served in the WAVES and SPARs, including Margaret Anderson Thorngate.

Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II

Want to see our feature film about the WAVES and SPARs? You can get a DVD on Amazon, or stream on Amazon and Vimeo.