Women in the United States Military, 1901-1995: A Research Guide and Annotated Bibliography

Women in the United States Military, 1901-1995: A Research Guide and Annotated Bibliography

Women in the United States Military, 1901-1995: A Research Guide and Annotated Bibliography

Women in the United States Military, 1901-1995: A Research Guide and Annotated Bibliography

Synopsis

With growing numbers of women in the military and their roles in the Persian Gulf War, Somalia, and Bosnia, there is increasing interest in such issues as their full integration and their role in combat. Yet women's participation in the military is not new, and these very issues have been studied in the past. This book provides the only comprehensive annotated bibliography on women in the U.S. military, from the establishment of the Army Nurse Corps in 1901 to the first deployment of women on combat ships in 1995. The opening chapter describes how to access available information on women. The following chapters cover women in the military in general; women in the Air Force, Army, Navy and Coast Guard, and Marine Corps; women in nursing corps; women at service academies; and such topics as pregnancy issues, sex issues, women in combat, and women veterans.

Excerpt

I first became interested in the history of women in the military while working as History Bibliographer at Mugar Library, Boston University. I discovered a biography by an Army nurse who had served in the China-India-Burma Theater in World War II (see 198). I knew nothing of the role of military women in World War II, and started reading everything I could find on women's service. Although I had served as an active duty Army officer from 1980 to 1984 and was an Army ROTC cadet at the time the Women's Army Corps was disestablished, my military schooling had not included anything about the history of women in the service. I decided to compile a bibliography on women in the United States military to aid researchers in finding materials on the topic.

There is no other bibliography available on women in the United States military. Most military bibliographies and bibliographies on women either completely ignore women's roles in the armed forces or mention them only briefly. Standard reference sources, such as general encyclopedias and biographical dictionaries, include few or no references to military women.

PURPOSE

This research guide and bibliography is intended to assist both the beginning and the more experienced researcher, or anyone interested in learning about military women, in finding and selecting materials. It provides, in a one volume reference, quick access to important research on military women. It addresses the issues of conducting research, including sources for archival materials, useful journal indexes and important journals, organizations pertaining to military women, addresses of World Wide Web pages, and an annotated bibliography.

CRITERIA FOR INCLUSION

This bibliography includes books, research reports, student papers from various senior service schools (such as the Army War College), technical reports, conference papers, theses and dissertations, archival materials, and government documents, as well as articles from scholarly journals. No articles from popular . . .

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