In what way did women contribute to the military or combat in WWII and prior to WWII?

In what way did women contribute to the military or combat in WWII and prior to WWII?


For information on women in the branches of the armed forces, please see these web sites:

If you would like to view titles the Library of Congress has on this topic, you can search the Library of Congress online catalog at   Choose "Browse," and then choose "Subjects Beginning With," and search for the following subject headings:

United States History Revolution, 1775-1783 Women

United States History Civil War 1861-1865 Women

World War, 1914 1918 Women United States

World War, 1939-1945 Women United States

United States Armed Forces Women

Women Soldiers

Women in Combat

After you identify the books of interest to your work, check with libraries in your area for availability. If not available locally, ask the staff at your library about inter library loaning the books from other library systems.

An organization you may wish to contact for additional help in your research is:

The Women in Military Service for America Memorial

Online sources:

Prior to the 20th Century, women assisted the military in capacities such as nurses, cooks, laundresses, seamstresses, spies, and even served clandestinely as soldiers in a few cases. Some women also served as doctors.

Some titles of books on women in the Civil War can be found in these guides:

Women's Army Corp, by Mattie E. Treadwell.

Women's Army Corp: A Commemoration of World War II Service, by Judith A. Bellafaire.

Women's Army Corps Veterans Association

WASP on the Web

Fact Sheet Women's Army Auxiliary Corps World War II Statistics

I hope this information proves to be of help to you. Good luck with your research. Thank you.

W. E.
Reference Librarian
Main Reading Room
The Library of Congress

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