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Women at War

April 1, 2010 by Reader's Connection

Pike Library’s Lygia Bischoff has put together a list of books about American women in wartime, beginning with the Revolution and coming up to the present.


Revolutionary War


Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts

Much is written about the men involved in the Revolution but little is known about the women who supported them by managing their businesses, raising their children, providing them with political advice and fighting alongside them.  This book tells the story of these exemplary women.









Glory, Passion, and Principle

Glory, Passion, and Principle by Melissa Lukeman Bohrer
This book tells the story of eight incredible women. Each one was deprived of formal education, world travel, or equal status; and yet all of them managed to flourish against incredible odds.











Civil War


Women in the Civil War

Women in the Civil War: Extraordinary Stories of Soldiers, Spies, Nurses, Doctors, Crusaders, and Others by Larry Eggleston

 When the Civil War broke out, women answered the call for help by breaking our of their traditional roles and serving in many capacities, some of them even going so far as to disguise themselves as men and enlist in the army.  This is a compilation of biographical sketches about them and their deeds.








All the Daring of the Soldier: Women of the Civil War

All the Daring of the Soldier: Women of the Civil War by Elizabeth D. Leonard

Spies, daughters of the regiments, and women disguised as male soldiers are among the figures portrayed. Information is drawn from archives, memoirs, and histories to tell the stories of women on both sides of the war who broke through the traditional barriers of Victorian womanhood.









World War I


Monstrous Regiment: The Story of the Women of the First World War by David Mitchell 

From Suffragettes before the war to nurses, correspondents, doctors, and policewomen: the First World War was a time of change for the role of women in society.  This is a record of some of those changes.



World War II


  All This Hell: U.S. Nurses Imprisoned by the Japanese
All This Hell: U.S. Nurses Imprisoned by the Japanese by Evelyn M. Monahan & Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee

This is the story of the nurses left behind in the Philippines when Gen. McArthur retreated.  They were in the jungles with the service men on Bataan and Corregidor and became POW’s when the Japanese captured the islands.  After being imprisoned for over three years the government ordered them to sign agreements to not discuss their horrific experiences.  Through interviews, letters, and diaries the authors reconstructed their stories and expanded the history of WWII.





 A WASP Among Eagles
A WASP Among Eagles: A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II by Ann B. Carl

Ann Carl was the first woman to test-fly experimental planes during the war and the first woman to fly a jet.  This is her story.











Vietnam War


A Time Remembered: American Women in the Vietnam War 

A Time Remembered: American Woman in the Vietnam War Olga Gruhzit-Hoyt

There were over 10,000 women who served in Vietnam as civilian or government workers, Women Marines, and Army and Navy nurses.  It was a dirty war where all Americans were targets and the war zone changed daily. This the story of the sacrifices made by these women.









In the Combat Zone: An Oral History of American Women in Vietnam, 1966-1975 by Kathryn Marshall

Vietnam’s significant but unheralded contingent of American women was made up of the first females to operate under the continual combat conditions of guerrilla warfare.  Yet in the years since the war, their voice has been strangely silent until now.



Iraq War


 I’m Still Standing

I’m Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen – My Journey Home by Shoshana Johnson

Badly wounded in the leg,  Johnson had the experience of being the first African-American woman held as a POW in the care of Iraqis who didn’t know what they were doing. The way Americans presented the incident, in which Johnson–along with the more celebrated Jessica Ryan–was captured, made Johnson doubt her fellow Americans, at least until the U.S. Marines rescued the POWs. A single mother now raising her daughter, Johnson tells her story which adds substantially to our knowledge of the black military experience and of the Iraq War.





The Lonely Soldier

The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq by Helen Benedict

In Iraq more women soldiers have been in harms way than ever before, making a mockery of the official policy barring women from combat.  These women face special challenges, such as isolation, sexual predation, misogyny, to say nothing of firefights, Improvised Explosive Devices, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  The author addresses these issues and offers recommendations for change.










 A Few Good Women: America’s Military Women from World War I to the War in Iraq and Afghanistan by Evelyn M. Monahan & Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee

A Few Good Women

Women’s History Month gives us the opportunity to re-examine what we thought we knew about women’s participation in historical events. What is apparent in these selections is the constant battle for women to make meaningful, acknowledged contributions in the face of hostility, ridicule and neglect. What is also sadly obvious is that women’s accomplishments have often been minimized or hidden from the pages of the “official” historical accounts. But this book shows us that there is much to learn about the contributions of women throughout history—and much to be thankful for, too


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