“There’s a new army on the Potomac- the bright-eyed, fresh-faced young Americans who have poured into Washington from remote farms, sleepy little towns, and the confusion of cities, to work for the government in a time of national emergency.”

~Good Housekeeping, January 1942

Lipstick Brigade is the first and only book to explore the the dynamic and inspiring story of Washington’s World War II “Government Girls.” Sometimes called white-collar Rosie the Riveters, this clerical corps of over 100,000 women- mostly young, single, and alone in a big city for the first time- migrated from across the country to become federal stenographers, typists, code breakers, analysts, and spies to join America’s war effort.

But there were so many more wonderful stories, photos, interviews, and videos that I could not fit into the book, I created a separate website to share them. Check it out!

I hope you enjoy these women’s stories as much as I did in uncovering them!