- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: University Press of Colorado (November 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 087081432X
- ISBN-13: 978-0870814327
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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American Women in World War I: They Also Served Hardcover – November, 1997
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Gavin draws from the full range of possible sources for this excellent volume. The number of American women who served in World War I ran into the tens of thousands, with 11,000 "Yeomanettes" in the navy alone (they were the first U.S. women to officially don uniforms). Others included army nurses, doctors who volunteered as "contract employees," the "Hello Girls" who supplied the Signal Corps' telephone system with English-speaking operators (and were not recognized as deserving of pensions and other benefits until long after most had died), physical therapists, and the volunteers of the Red Cross and Salvation Army. One and all, they overcame sexism, racism, bureaucratic inertia, shells, gas, the Spanish influenza, long hours, short rations, and poor quarters to accomplish a prodigious amount of work. And they did all that without benefit of any "gender studies" concepts or jargon, from which Gavin's readable, highly recommendable volume is also blessedly free. Roland Green
Register, Women in Military Service to America
The Journal of America's Military Past
"The stories will make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time, with their contrasting poignancy and high spirits."
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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