Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War / Edition 1

Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War / Edition 1

by Kimberly Jensen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252074963

ISBN-13: 9780252074967

Pub. Date: 02/28/2008

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War analyzes the strategies of female physicians, nurses, and women-at-arms who linked military service with the opportunity to achieve professional and civic goals.

Since women armed to defend the state during war could also protect themselves, Kimberly Jensen argues, Americans began to focus on women's

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Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War analyzes the strategies of female physicians, nurses, and women-at-arms who linked military service with the opportunity to achieve professional and civic goals.

Since women armed to defend the state during war could also protect themselves, Kimberly Jensen argues, Americans began to focus on women's relationship to violence-both its wielding against women and women's uses of it. Intense discussions of rape, methods of protecting women, and proper gender roles abound as Jensen draws from rich case studies to show how female thinkers and activists wove wartime choices into long-standing debates about woman suffrage, violence against women, genderbased discrimination, and economic parity. The war created new urgency in these debates, and Jensen forcefully presents the case of women participants and activists: women's involvement in the obligation of citizens to defend the state validated their right of full female citizenship.

About the Author:
Kimberly Jensen is a professor of history and gender studies at Western Oregon University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252074967
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Sales rank:
1,334,939
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Preface: "Mobilizing Woman Power" in the First World War     vii
Acknowledgments     xv
Prelude: The Washington, D.C., Suffrage Parade of 1913     1
Negotiating Gender and Citizenship: Context for the First World War     11
Gender and Violence: Context and Experience in the Era of the World War     21
"Whether We Vote or Not-We Are Going to Shoot": Women and Armed Defense on the Home Front     36
"The Fighting, Biting, and Scratching Kind": Good Girls, Bad Girls, and Women's Soldiering     60
Uncle Sam's Loyal Nieces: Women Physicians, Citizenship, and Wartime Military Service     77
Helping Women Who Pay the "Rapacious Price" of War: Women's Medical Units in France     98
A Base Hospital Is Not a Coney Island Dance Hall: Nurses, Citizenship, Hostile Work Environment, and Military Rank     116
"Danger Ahead for the Country": Civic Roles and Safety for the Consumer-Civilian in Postwar America     142
Conclusion     165
Notes     177
Bibliography     209
Index     231

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