"To Make the Boys Feel at Home": USO Senior Hostesses and Gendered Citizenship

  title={"To Make the Boys Feel at Home": USO Senior Hostesses and Gendered Citizenship},
  author={Meghan K. Winchell},
  journal={Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies},
  pages={190 - 211}
In 1943, Helen Scheidel and her sister, Marge, attended USO dances at Mayor Kelly's Servicemen's Center in Chicago, once a month on Saturday nights. As a single eighteen-year-old, Helen represented the typical junior hostess, famous for jitterbugging across the dance floor with fresh-faced soldiers and sailors. Helen and the other junior hostesses at the center "tried to not let someone sit by themselves" and eagerly listened to servicemen's stories about their homes and families. When a… Expand
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