Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War by Kimberly JensenMobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War by Kimberly Jensen

Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War

byKimberly Jensen

Paperback | February 8, 2008

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American women did more than pursue roles as soldiers, doctors, and nurses during World War I. Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War reveals women’s motivations for fighting for full citizenship rights both on and off the battlefield. The war provided chances for women to participate in the military, but also in other male-dominated career paths.

Intense discussions of rape, methods of protecting women, and proper gender roles abound as Kimberly Jensen draws from rich case studies to show how female thinkers and activists wove wartime choices into long-standing debates about woman suffrage and economic parity. The war created new urgency in these debates, and Jensen forcefully presents the case of women participants and activists: women’s involvement in the obligation of citizens to defend the state validated their right of full female citizenship.

Kimberly Jensen is professor of history and gender studies at Western Oregon University.
Title:Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:February 8, 2008Publisher:University of Illinois PressLanguage:English

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“Mobilizing Minerva is a useful analysis that contributes thoughtfully to the history of women, gender, war, and antiviolence activism and joins a growing body of literature that places the suffrage campaign within a much wider context of women’s activism.”--Oregon Historical Quarterly“Kimberly Jensen’s study of women in the First World War is a valuable contribution to the expanding scholarship on the American social and military history of that conflict.”--Military History