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Women in Combat June 18, 2013
Representatives of the Department of Defense, each military service, and Special Operations Command briefed the media on plans for implementing the incremental integration of women into previously closed positions.
DVDs at Columbia College
Women, War & Peace
Call Number: DVD 303.66 W8421d 2011 v.1-2
Challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men's domain and reveals the central role of women in the quest for peace and justice in modern warfare..
American Women in World War II
During World War II, some 350,000 women served in the U.S. Armed Forces, both at home and abroad. They included the Women's Airforce Service Pilots, who on March 10, 2010, were awarded the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal.
Women in the Vietnam War
Though relatively little official data exists about female Vietnam War veterans, the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation estimates that approximately 11,000 military women were stationed in Vietnam during the conflict.
Selected Streaming Videos
Nurses in the Army
This episode of the U.S. Army’s The Big Picture series follows the many achievements of the Army nurses during World War II and the Korean War.
Surviving West Point: Women Warriors
Unbending regulations, excruciating physical demands, and relentless academic requirements: this is everyday life at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Since 1802, this revered institution has accepted only the most promising of men-and, beginning with legislation signed into law in 1975, the most promising of women, as well. This episode from the classic Surviving West Point series captures the West Point experience through the eyes of its female cadets.
WAC is a Soldier Too
This episode of the U.S. Army’s The Big Picture television series goes to Fort McClellan, Alabama, for this first look at the new training center for Women’s Army Corps officers and enlisted women. Since the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps was created in 1942, women training for service with the U.S. Army have had a number of temporary homes, ranging from Florida to Massachusetts, from Iowa to Virginia. The permanent WAC Center is a cluster of 22 cream-colored buildings in a natural setting at Alabama’s Fort McClellan. This program from the National Archives and Records Administration looks at the increasingly important role women are playing in the nation’s defense.
Wasps & Witches: Women Pilots of WWII
This fascinating documentary introduces the previously untold story of the forgotten fliers of the Second World War: women pilots from Britain, the United States, Russia, and Germany. These pilots risked everything r their countries and pioneered the way for others at a time when flying was the sole prerogative of men. Because of widespread skepticism, they had to prove their worth and their ability to do a “man’s” job.
Women in War
Look at American women’s increasing participation in war—from Vietnam to the present—as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Among those featured are Linda Bray, the first woman tlead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame Wilson, whose career was sabotaged after she was “outed” as a high-level spy. Viewers also hear from war correspondents like Molly Moore about life on the battlefield. The film shares the stories of military leaders who have broken through gender barriers, like General Angela Salinas, at her retirement the highest ranking woman serving in the USMC, and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Navy.
Women of World War I
In 1914, women all over Europe were experiencing the impact of a war that reached into every corner of people’s lives. In Britain, war came to the Home Front and in doing so ushered in a seismic shift in thlives of women far from the front line of battle, and this fascinating program is filled with examples of women from all walks of life, every class and every corner of Britain, and their contributions to the war effort – in the factories, the banks, pulpits and even football pitches.