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

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Overview

American women did more than pursue roles as soldiers, doctors, and nurses during World War I. Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War reveals women’s motivations for fighting for full citizenship rights both on and off the battlefield. The war provided chances for women to participate in the military, but also in other male-dominated career paths.

Intense discussions of rape, methods of protecting women, and proper gender roles abound as Kimberly Jensen draws from rich case studies to show how female thinkers and activists wove wartime choices into long-standing debates about woman suffrage 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.

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"Jensen astutely analyzes the interplay between US women's attempts to attain professional and civic equality and overcome gender-based violence during WWI. . . . She expertly interweaves case studies and gender representations from women activists, popular culture, wartime propaganda, real-life accounts, and a host of other sources. Highly recommended."--Choice

“Not simply a tale about World War I or the women's suffrage movement, but a story of the complicated intersection of gender, citizenship, violence, and war in the early twentieth century.”--H-Minerva

Mobilizing Minerva is a useful analysis that contributes thoughtfully to the history of women, gender, war, and antiviolence activism and joins a growing body of literature that places the suffrage campaign within a much wider context of women’s activism.”--Oregon Historical Quarterly

“Kimberly Jensen’s study of women in the First World War is a valuable contribution to the expanding scholarship on the American social and military history of that conflict.”--Military History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252074967
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 760,696
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimberly Jensen is professor of history and gender studies at Western Oregon University.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2008

    A Study of Women American Women in WWI

    Women around the world mobilized to counteract violence against women during World War I and to contribute their skills paving the way for women's sufferage. An interesting and worthwhile look at a pivoral era in women's history. This book contains much information you are not likely to see elsewhere in and paints a fresh picture of women in the field of medicine and the military while women's right to full citizenship was being hotly debated.

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