Holm, Major General Jeanne, USAF (Ret.),
Women in the Military: An Unfinished Revolution, rev. ed. Presidio
Press, Novato, California, 1992.
Holm served as director of Women in the Air Force between 1965 and
1973. This classic work on women in the armed forces is a history
of issues, major players and policy development concerning women's
role in and with the military and women's gradual integration into
tradition-bound military institutions and culture.
Jean and Marie-Beth Hall, Crossed Currents: Navy Women from WWI
To Tailhook. Brassey's (A Maxwell Macmillan Company), Washington,
New York, London, 1993.
Ebbert and Hall identify two crossed currents in women's naval history.
One is the Navy's attempt to include women gradually without losing
the service's traditional values. The other crosscurrent arises
from women's challenge to traditional assumptions about their roles
and potential and as a result, their aspirations rise as their opportunities
expand. This seminal work on women in the Navy traces the history
of the convergence and divergence of these currents throughout the
Colonel Mary V. US Marine Corps Reserve, A History of the Women
Marines, 1946-1977. History and Museums Division Headquarters,
US Marine Corps, Washington, DC, 1986.
In 1945, the director of the Marine's Division of Plans and Policies
believed that women had no proper place or function in the regular
service in peacetime. Influenced by other services, the Marines
retained a small postwar nucleus of women whose numbers grew through
the 1970s until women 's units were integrated into the Corps. Stremlow's
book offers an in-depth look at policy, politics, leaders and rank-and-file
women who directed and participated in this process.
Colonel Bettie J., USA. The Women's Army Corps, 1945-1978.
Center of Military History, United States Army, Washington, DC,
Morden's history examines the Women's
Army Corps from the postwar era until its discontinuation and absorption
into the regular Army in 1978. The focus is the interaction of plans,
decisions and personalities at the highest levels of the Department
of the Army and their effect on policy including women's recruitment,
retention, training, promotion and their relationship to and reception
by male soldiers.
Colonel Mary (Army Nurse Corps, Ret.). A History of the U.S.
Army Nurse Corps. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia,
Colonel Sarnecky examines the history of the Army Nurse Corps outlining
the political and social context in which the policy and practice
of military medical care evolved and its effect on the nursing profession
as a whole. The voices of the nurses are heard in their own words,
stories of courage and bravery from the earliest years of our country
to the founding of the Army Nurse Corps in 1901 to through the Vietnam
Treadwell, Mattie E. The United States Army in World War II, Special
Studies: The Women's Army Corps. Office of the Chief of Military
History, Department of the Army, Washington, DC, 1954.
Although difficult to obtain today, Treadwell's articulation of the
history of Army women during World War II remains the most definitive
and comprehensive work published on the topic to date. Treadwell's
proximity to primary source documents that inform almost 900-page
text offers a detailed perspective on policy and issues as well as
on the women who served.