Women’s Military History Week 3/16/2015 to 3/22/2015

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Uniformed woman operating radio– Library of Congress.

Although being admitted into America’s regular standing forces only after 1948 with the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act and only being allowed to serve alongside men beginning in the 1970s, American women have been a part of every conflict since the Revolutionary War.1 Today in California alone there are over 185,000 women who have served in the military. It is these women who we honor during Women’s Military History Week.

To find out more about Women’s Military History Week click here.

To read the stories of women veterans collected by the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project click here.

To see the National Archives collection on Women in the Military click here.

The library catalog has books on women veterans and women in the military:

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When Janey Comes Marching Home: Portraits of Women Combat Veterans, by Laura Browder and Sascha Pflaeging

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A Few Good Women: America’s Military Women from World War I to The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, by Evelyn Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee

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Women in The Military: An Unfinished Revolution, by Jeanne Holm

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Women and The Military: An Encyclopedia, by Victoria Sherrow

The library currently has a display of books on women veterans:


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Celebrating the Nurses of the Vietnam War

The Luria Library salutes women in the military and women veterans for their service to our country, this week and always.

1.Women in the military. (2013). In R. Chapman and J. Ciment (Eds.), Culture wars in America: An encyclopedia of issues, viewpoints, and voices. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. Retrieved from