Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War

TitleMobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsJensen, Kimberly
Number of Pages271
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
CityUrbana, IL
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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 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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