Women Who Served


Dr. Alice Barlow Brown

Dr. Alice Barlow Brown, 1908

When America entered World War 1 in April 1917, women across the country were eager to do their part to help the war effort. Dr. Alice Barlow-Brown’s contribution to the war is particularly notable. After the military determined to exclude women from the Army Medical Reserve Corp, Dr. Barlow-Brown volunteered to travel abroad with the Red Cross. Read more about Dr. Barlow-Brown’s incredible service to her country and her hometown of Winnetka. Click HERE!


Sallie Van Arsdale

Sallie Van Arsdale never expected to wear a military uniform. She was a Winnetka debutante and attended Vassar, but college life suddenly became grim when war broke out. When her boyfriend was killed in action in Germany in 1943, Sallie became determined to join the war effort. Learn more about Sallie’s life and her experience in the Women’s Branch of the Navy Reserve. Read HERE!

Sallie Van Arsdale, 1944