Emilienne began to receive a series of awards and medals from key people in the British military and government, including King George: she had suddenly became a living symbol of the French-British alliance. But she had also become a symbol of hope for the French, who were overwhelmed by the enormous number of French soldiers who had been killed by this point. When the French newspapers published photographs of Emilienne winning the Military Cross while dressed in black (in mourning for her brother), it was as if she were suddenly representing all the women of
grieving yet undefeated... France
Excerpt from "Emilienne Moreau: The Teen Who Became a National Symbol" from Women Heroes of World War I.