AT&T: The Hello Girls of World War I

Hello Girls, who served the country in World War I, were trained and prepared by Bell Telephone Company (later to become AT&T).

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(Originally published on ATT.com)

March is Women's History Month. I'm excited to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of women throughout history. Women are leaders. We're innovators. And we are team players. Women are critical to success and growth and help companies, like AT&T, reach its highest potential.

That is true today, and that has been the case throughout the history of the Company.

I'd like to share one shining example that's really inspired me. I'm talking about a group of more than 200 amazing women called the Hello Girls, who served our country in World War I.

They were trained and prepared by Bell Telephone Company (later to become AT&T), then sent to France from 1917-1918 to serve as telephone operators during World War I. These women played a critical role in the war. With the telephone as their tool, they relayed crucial information across the battlefield.

The Hello Girls wore uniforms, held rank, received medals, and served with distinction. Upon discharge, however, the Army determined they were not soldiers after all and refused to provide them with Veteran benefits.

For 60 years, these telephone operators fought the U.S. government for the benefits and recognition they so deserved. Finally, in 1977, President Carter signed legislation recognizing the women.

A book sharing their story and their struggle, called "The Hello Girls" by Elizabeth Cobbs, was released in 2017. A film based on the book and with the same title, has been made by a filmmaker named James Theres. The film is premiering today at the Women's Memorial in Arlington, marking the 100thanniversary of the women leaving for France.

I'm proud to be part of a company that's elevating this story. We're raising our voice to further the authentic and real portrayal of women in media. We're inspiring, empowering and enabling women in our workforce. More than 75,000 women work at AT&T. They work in STEM careers, they are inventors and they are senior leaders.

And we're proud to sponsor the world premiere of "The Hello Girls" to share the story of these remarkable women who paved the way for so many others. Here is a link to learn more about this powerful film.

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AT&T and U.S. Air Force Academy Collaborate to Explore Advanced Technologies

Formal 5- Year Agreement Aims to Help U.S. Air Force Keep Pace With, Acquire and Use Commercial Technology.

Originally Published by AT&T.

AT&T* and the U.S. Air Force Academy are working together on networking services and advanced technology capabilities. They entered a 5-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) aimed at boosting the Air Force's use of modern technology at a pace more like the commercial sector.

"Networking is a platform for innovation and mission support," said Lt. Col. Michael Chiaramonte, director of Air Force CyberWorx at the Air Force Academy. "With access to AT&T's resources, we plan to advance our academic and research objectives. By leveraging public-private partnerships with AT&T and our other industry partners, we improve our understanding and use of technology and, ultimately, improve the Air Force's mission capabilities."

The collaboration aims to:

  • Offer knowledge and commercial best practices of cybersecurity, Internet of Things, and other AT&T-led innovations for the Air Force Academy faculty. Such innovations include Smart Base solutions, software-defined networking and 5G.
  • Provide hands-on demonstrations for Academy cadets.
  • Ensure AT&T has greater insight into the vision and technology needs of the U.S. Air Force.
  • Explore opportunities beyond academic interests.

"Our work with the U.S. Air Force Academy will be much like an action-oriented academic 'think tank.' We're here to help the Air Force keep pace with commercial innovation and pinpoint their current and future technology needs," said Rocky Thurston, Client Executive VP, AT&T Public Sector.

Part of the Air Force's larger mission

Partnerships fuel the Academy research program. There are 19 centers and 2 institutes, as well as cadets, faculty and industry all working together for the benefit of tomorrow's Air Force. CyberWorx was established in 2016 as a public-private design center focused on cyber capability. It combines Air Force, academic and industry expertise with state of the art technology and innovative thinking to solve operational problems.

AT&T: How to Build a Culture of Learning

Instead of only providing employees with classroom and web-based training, we're also supplementing those resources with relevant content from social and digital platforms, like social media channels, podcasts and video platforms.

By Jennifer Robertson

Originally Published by AT&T.

Last year, best-selling author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman visited AT&T. During a conversation with employees, he emphasized the importance of continuous learning for employees and employers to succeed in the age of acceleration.

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