And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II by Evelyn Monahan, Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee PDF

By Evelyn Monahan, Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee

In international struggle II, 59,000 girls voluntarily risked their lives for his or her state as U.S. military nurses. while the struggle started, a few of them had so little concept of what to anticipate that they packed occasion clothes; however the fact of provider quick stuck up with them, whether or not they waded during the water within the ancient landings on North African and Normandy shorelines, or labored round the clock in health center tents at the Italian entrance as bombs fell throughout them.

For greater than part a century those women’s stories remained untold, nearly with no reference in books, old societies, or army files. After years of reasearch and countless numbers of hours of interviews, Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee have created a dramatic narrative that finally brings to mild the serious function that ladies performed through the struggle. From the North African and Italian Campaigns to the Liberation of France and the Conquest of Germany, U.S. military nurses rose to the calls for of warfare at the frontlines with grit, humor, and nice heroism. a protracted late paintings of historical past, And If I Perish is additionally a strong tribute to those girls and their inspiring legacy.

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How does the work of the military construct standards of masculinity in American society (Rodgers 2005; Zeiger 2003)? How do social welfare agencies help to construct motherhood for poor women in American society (Boris 2003; Curran 2005; Haney 2004; Mittelstadt 2005)? How is the gendered construction of motherhood for poor women also racialized? Is there a different construction of motherhood evident in social programs that reward a history of work, such as Social Security? It is important to recognize the role of state institutions not only in expressing gendered political interests and norms but also in constructing gendered roles and sexualities in the larger society (Foucault 1990; Rubin 1984).

Parrish (1937) was premised on an elaboration of an earlier understanding developed in the context of women workers. During the Progressive Era, the Court held that labor laws that sought to regulate the conditions of workingmen violated their autonomy and rights as citizens. But for women, the Court recognized (at the behest of various social feminists) that the ideal of social and political autonomy did not apply; therefore it was appropriate for the state to intervene in the contract relationship in support of women workers.

Since the early 1920s, the National Women’s Party had promoted the ERA in its campaign to have women treated as equal, autonomous individuals in the public realm and to prevent legal discrimination on the basis of sex. Yet among the leading opponents of the ERA in the 1940s was another group of activist women – social feminists and labor progressives associated with the Democratic Party – who believed that women ought to be protected by the state and shielded from the rigors of a competitive labor market.

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