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Beyond Rosie: A Documentary History of Women and World War II
by Julia Brock, Jennifer W. Dickey, Richard Harker and Catherine Lewis
University of Arkansas Press, 2015
Paper: 978-1-55728-670-3 | eISBN: 978-1-61075-557-3 | Cloth: 978-1-55728-669-7
Library of Congress Classification D810.W7B49 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 940.53082

More so than any war in history, World War II was a woman’s war. Women, motivated by patriotism, the opportunity for new experiences, and the desire to serve, participated widely in the global conflict. Within the Allied countries, women of all ages proved to be invaluable in the fight for victory. Rosie the Riveter became the most enduring image of women’s involvement in World War II. What Rosie represented, however, is only a small portion of a complex story. As wartime production workers, enlistees in auxiliary military units, members of voluntary organizations or resistance groups, wives and mothers on the home front, journalists, and USO performers, American women found ways to challenge traditional gender roles and stereotypes.

Beyond Rosie offers readers an opportunity to see the numerous contributions they made to the fight against the Axis powers and how American women’s roles changed during the war. The primary documents (newspapers, propaganda posters, cartoons, excerpts from oral histories and memoirs, speeches, photographs, and editorials) collected here represent cultural, political, economic, and social perspectives on the diverse roles women played during World War II.
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