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Women in Wartime: World War I (1914-1918)

In honor of Women's History Month (March 2018), learn more about the history of women who have served their countries.

Women's History

"Women played an active role during the war on both the home fronts and battlefields. They volunteered to assist in social services, worked in factories, and acted as military auxiliaries. Women drove ambulances and attended soldiers in hospitals. Some women acted as spies or were resistance fighters. A few women served as war correspondents, and others wrote about the war in memoirs and fiction. World War I offered women unprecedented employment and educational opportunities unavailable in peacetime in the early twentieth century. The war also opened up political rights for women and saw them taking active roles in government." 



Schafer, E. & Tucker, S. (2005). Women in the War. In The encyclopedia of World War I: A political, social, and military history. (Vol. 4, pp. 1268-1269). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Famous World War I Women

Books in J Drake Edens Library