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"A Defense Weapon Known to Be of Value": Servicewomen of the Korean War Era

Overview

This book chronicles the crucial work of servicewomen in the Korean War and other uniformed women who helped support that war and the burgeoning Cold War in far flung places across the globe

Using their research from the rich archives housed at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, the authors examine the efforts of the Deparment of Defense to increase the number of female recruits for the Korean War and the difficulty of retaining them in an era that ...

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Overview

This book chronicles the crucial work of servicewomen in the Korean War and other uniformed women who helped support that war and the burgeoning Cold War in far flung places across the globe

Using their research from the rich archives housed at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, the authors examine the efforts of the Deparment of Defense to increase the number of female recruits for the Korean War and the difficulty of retaining them in an era that valued homemakers and devalued career women; the cost to the military of the female talent drain just when the military needed women most; and the roles of Army, Navy, and Air Force nurses, as well as those in the innovative MASH units, who all performed magnificently under dangerous and harsh conditions.

They conclude that the failure of the military to fully incorporate women during these years by reinforcing the rock-solid belief of many that the military was for men and women did not belong there.

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What People Are Saying

Brig. Gen. Connie L. Slewitzke
"Extensively researched, this book provides compelling insight from a feminist viewpoint that addresses discriminatory legislation and regulations that prevented women from realizing their fullest potential and integration into the military. The individual stories woven into the text add interest and complement the historical content. The chapter on the nurses is particularly powerful. Their service of caring, courage and dedication under the most hazardous and austere conditions are the hallmarks of the noble profession of military nurse."
Brig. Gen. Connie L. Slewitzke, U.S. Army, Retired
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584654711
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 5/6/2005
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

LINDA WITT is the senior fellow with Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, Inc. DR. JUDITH BELLAFAIRE is the foundation's chief historian. BRITTA GRANRUD is the foundation's curator of collections. MARY JO BINKER is an assistant editor with the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project at George Washington University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Women's place - and the servicewoman's place - in post-World War II America 13
Ch. 2 Servicewomen's integration : "prayerful assumption" versus "prevailing ambivalence" 31
Ch. 3 Recruiting and retaining "America's finest women" 65
Ch. 4 Fitting servicewomen in : finding "proper employment for sisters and girlfriends" 88
Ch. 5 A "woman imperative"? - military necessity erodes old barriers 117
Ch. 6 "Needed in cadre" - providing support around the world 141
Ch. 7 The nurses in Korea - under fire and on the move 169
Ch. 8 Recurring issues relating to military women 220
Conclusion : "the old dividing line" 244
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