Request: Courses and readings on Women in the Military and Women and War?

Therese Strohmer's picture

Minerva susbscribers:

I'd like to start a discussion about course texts and syllabi now offered about Women in the Military and Woman and War.

Do you have a course that you are using to discuss Women and War and/or Women in the Military? 

What primary and secondary sources are you using? How effective have they been for your students?

What projects do your students use to better understand these issues?

Are you incorporating any movies, videos, documentaries, oral histories or other material in your course?

Do you have any syllabi you could share? 

Are there any bibliographies you would like to recommend?

Any other ideas or suggestions to add to our knowledge and understanding of these issues?

Thank you.

Therese M. Strohmer

H-Minerva editor

The US Army War College's Library created an extensive bibliography about women in the military in 2009. It's available in .pdf format at:

Julie Manta, US Army War College

Hi, Theresa,
While I haven't put a class together on either women in the military or women and war, I have co-authored two books(with Paula Calvin) on women, war and art - American Women Artists in Wartime, 1776-2010 and War Imagery in Women's Textiles. Both look at ways in which women respond to war through art. The first contains a chapter on war art produced by military women, including the 4 women combat artists.

Some additional works that might be of help include:
Baron, Scott. They Also Served. Spartanburg, SC: MIE Publishing, 1998.
Bonnell, Gloria, E. Iconography of Power. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.
Brackman, Barbara. Civil War Women. CFT Publishing, Inc., 2000.
Brown, Laura S. "A Woman's Recovery from the Trauma of War." Ruth: A Case Description. 5(Spring 1986): 7-12.
Cooper, Helen M., Adrienne Aslander Munich and Susan Merrill Squier. Arms and the Woman: War, Gender, and Literary
Representations. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.
Ellwood-Akres, Virginia. Women War Correspondents in the Vietnam War, 1961-1975. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1988.
Gavin, Lettie. American Women in World War I: They Also Served. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 1997.
Godson, Susan H. Serving Proudly: A History of Women in the U.S. Navy. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2001.
Holm, Jeanne. Women in the Military. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1993.
Holmstedt, Kirsten. Band of Sisters. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2007.
Lewis, Vickie. Side by Side: A Photographic History of American Women in War. New York: Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 1999.
Pedersen, Bee, ed. Women Write the War. Tuscaloosa, AL: St. John's Press, 2004.
Rivas-Rodriguez, Maggie; Juliana Torres, Melissa DiPiero-D'sa and Lindsay Fitzpatrick. A Legacy Greater than Words: Stories
of U.S. Latinos and Latinas of the World War II Generation. Austin: US Latino and Latina World War II Oral History Project,
Steinman, Ron. Women in Vietnam: The Oral History. New York: TV BOoks, 2000.
Wise, James E., Jr. and Scott Baron. Women at War. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2006.
Zeinert, Karen and Mary Miller. The Brave Women of the Gulf Wars. Minneapolis: Twenty-first Century Books, 2006.

Just a start...
Deb Deacon

Hi Therese

I am not sure if this would be of value to yiou, but my book "Birth, Sex and Abuse: Women's Voices under Nazi Rule" (Grosvenor House, 2015) Describes in detail the experiences of women (both German and Jewish) regarding their reproductive life (childbirth and sexual behaviour) from 1933 to 1945.

This book has won multiple awards in History, Women's Studies, and Holocaust studies.. It is available from many booksellers in paperback and on Kindle.

Let me know if you would like any further information


Beverley Chalmers (DSc(Med);PhD
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Hello all

I have a graduate 3 credit course at University of Colorado College of Nursing entitled - Women and War.
The course was developed jointly with the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences and Anthropology.

Here is a little more information about the course:


Roles of women during war, gender specific policies, deployment considerations including reproductive & urogenital health, military sexual trauma, and psychological effects of deployment. Appraise women’s experience, roles in the family, reintegration to community, and selected issues related to war-time service.


At the conclusion of this course students will be able to:

1. Assess the roles of women in war during various conflicts.
2. Analyze gender specific policies for women in the US military.
3. Evaluate concerns for military and civilian women associated with deployment.
4. Explore the issues associated with military sexual trauma.
5. Investigate the psychological effects of war on women.
6. Appraise the female veteran’s and civilian women’s experience of reintegration into the community, roles in the family, and selected issues related to war time service.


I. History
A. Demographics in World Militaries
B. Roles of Women in US and Foreign Militaries
C. Evolution of Women in Combat During Various Conflicts/Wars
D. Civilian Women and War across Cultures

II. Policy
A. Serving in Combat
B. Considerations and Accommodations for Women in Uniform
C. Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Services (DACOITS)

III. Family Roles
A. Spouses and Dual military partners
B. Mothering
C. Caregivers
D. Family Manager
E. Civilian Women and War and Family Roles

IV. In the Combat Zone
A. Preparing for deployments
B. Preventing illness
C. Effects of deployments on reproductive and urogenital health
D. Cultural Considerations

V. Military Sexual Trauma
A. Prevalence
B. Issues related to power, violence and military hierarchical structure
C. Coping with the effects of rape

VI. Psychological Effects of War
A. Post-Traumatic Stress
B. Combat Stress Gender Differences

VII. Veteran Experience
A. Transition from Military to Veteran Identity
B. Health Care in the Veterans Administration
C. Support for Military Women Veterans
D. Civilian Women as Veterans of Wartime Service

VIII. Issues for Women who have Served in War
A. Intimate Partner Violence
B. Suicide
C. Substance Abuse
D. Homelessness
E. Reintegration into the Community
F. Identity

Here is a website if anyone is interested in taking the course:

I have also developed a Graduate Certificate and MS degree for nurses related to the Military and Veteran populations. I see this as a unique clinical specialty worthy of graduate education.

Feel free to contact me if you want more information: