Women's Overseas Service League

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The Women's Overseas Service League is a non-governmental organization based in the United States. It was founded in the May of 1921 to provide financial support and relationships for and between servicewomen who returned from World War I to no benefits, unlike their male counterparts.[1] It started as local groups and then became national. Its first convention was also in 1921 and has been held every single year since, except during World War II (1942–1945). They have a magazine called Carry On. It was the first women's organization to donate to UNICEF and the first to be acknowledged as an accredited observer by the United Nations.[2]


  1. ^ Rosemarie Skaine (19 January 2011). Women in Combat: A Reference Handbook. ABC-CLIO. p. 252. ISBN 978-1-59884-460-3. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Women's Overseas Service League records, 1910-2000, n.d.". University of Texas at San Antonio. Retrieved 5 June 2012.