Women in Nontraditional Roles in War and the Military materials submitted and annotated by Kay Larson, author of Great
The URL for this webpage is: http://www.thelizlibrary.org/undelete/military/bibliography.html
The following list is intended
to be an introduction to the subject of women in nontraditional roles in
war and the military. An effort has been made to provide an international,
ancient to modern historical sweep, with an emphasis on American history.
The variety of roles that women have carried out has also been emphasized:
from samurai women and Medieval Europeans guarding the home front; to inventors
and scientists; to women of state; to women soldiers, scouts, spies, and
battlefield medics; to aviators; and pirates. For context, see Sarah M.
Evans, Born for Liberty, a survey of women in American history (1989).
For more sources, go to www.nypl.org, CATNYP, the online catalogue of the
New York Public Library.
Amdur, Ellis. "The Role of Arms-Bearing
Women in Japanese History." Journal of Asian Martial Arts 5:2 (1996).This
article is online at: http://www.koryubooks.com/library/wwj1.html
Blanton, Deanne and Lauren M. Cook. They
Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers of the Civil War. New York: Random
De Pauw, Linda Grant. Battle Cries and
Lullabies: Women in War from Prehistory to the Present. Norman, Okla.:
University of Oklahoma Press, 1998.
__. Founding Mothers: Women of America
in the Revolutionary Era. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1975.
__. In Search of Molly Pitcher. Pasadena,
Md.: Minerva Press, 2007. A work of fiction -- research as a detective
Douglas, Deborah G. United States Women
in Aviation, 1940-1985. Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution Press,
Eads, Valerie. "The Very Model of
a Medieval General: A Website Dedicated to the Career of Matilda of Tuscany."
link to "Medieval Women and War" on the same site.
Godson, Susan M. Serving Proudly: A History
of Women in the U. S. Navy. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2001.
Hall, Richard H. Women on the Civil War
Battlefront. Lawrence, Ks.: University Press of Kansas, 2006.
Larson, C. Kay. Great Necessities: The
Life, Times, and Writings of Anna Ella Carroll, 1815-1894. Phila.: Xlibris
Corp., 2004. Pres. Abraham Lincoln's political/legal adviser
who was also a military secret agent.
__. South Under a Prairie Sky: The Journal
of Nell Churchill, US Army Nurse & Scout. Phila.: Xlibris Corp., 2006.
A fact-based work of fiction with underbook that contains additional commentary
and factual detail.
__. "Springing to the Call: A Documentary
View of Women in the American Civil War." www.nymas.org
right sidebar. All documents are in the public domain. See particularly
chapters from Martha Coston's memoir, A Signal Success. Coston developed
the Coston night signaling system for the U. S. Navy during the war that
was used by the Navy and Coast Guard into the twentieth century.
__. 'Til I Come Marching Home: A Brief
History of American Women in World War II. Pasadena, Md.: Minerva Press,
1995. With a comparative short chapter on Allied women's
roles. Resale copies are still available at amazon.com.
__, e-editor. Women's War Work. Lady Randolph
(Jennie Jerome) Churchill, ed. London: C. Arthur Pearson, Ltd., 1916. www.nymas.org
-- right sidebar. Introduction with biography of Churchill, American mother
of Winston Churchill, by CKL.
Leonard, Elizabeth D. All the Daring of
a Soldier: Women of the Civil War Armies. New York: Norton, 1999.
Likutz, Liora. A Quest in the Middle East:
Gertrude Bell and the Making of Modern Iraq. London: I. B. Taurus, 2006.
MacLean, Maggie. "Civil War Women:
Biographies and stories about women of the Civil War era, how they lived,
what they did to survive, how they fought for women's rights." www.civilwarwomen.blogspot.com.
Massey, Mary Elizabeth. Women in the Civil
War. Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press, Bison Books, 1994. Originally
published as Bonnet Brigades. Massey's work still is the best one volume
treatment of women in the Civil War.
McIntosh, Elizabeth. Sisterhood of Spies:
Women of the O[ffice of] S[trategic] S[services]. Annapolis, Md.: Naval
Institute Press, 1998.
Myles, Bruce. Night Witches: The Untold
Story of Soviet Women in Combat. Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers, 1997.
Based on interviews with Soviet women World War II combat
pilots in bomber and fighter regiments.
Rossiter, Margaret. Women in the Resistance.
New York: Praeger, 1986. This includes a chapter on American
women in the French Resistance.
Saidel, Dr. Rochelle, president, Remember
the Women Institute www.rememberwomen.org, focusing on women
and the Holocaust
Sarnecky, Mary T. A History of the U. S.
Army Nurse Corps. Phila.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999.
Schneider, Dorothy and Carl J. Into the
Breach: American Women Overseas in World War I. New York: Viking Penguin,
Penguin Books, 1991.
Varon, Elizabeth. Southern Lady, Yankee
Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of
the Confederacy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Weatherford, Doris J. American Women and
World War II. New York: Facts on File, 1990.
Wheelwright, Julie. Amazons and Military
Maids: Women Who Dressed As Men in Pursuit of Life, Liberty, and Happiness.
London: Pandora Press, 1989.
Williams, Kathleen Broome. Improbable Warriors:
Women Scientists and the U. S. Navy in World War II. Annapolis, Md.: Naval
Institute Press, 2004.
__. Grace Hopper: Admiral of the Cyber
Sea. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2004. An awardee
of the National Medal of Technology, RADM Hopper, USN, was instrumental
in advancing the "computer revolution."
Women in the Military: A Jewish Perspective.
Washington, D. C.: The National Museum of American Jewish Military History,
[The above materials were
prepared by C. Kay Larson, independent scholar/author, Great Necessities:
The Life, Times, and Writings of Anna Ella Carroll, 1815-1894,