Our Mothers' War

American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II

Author: Emily Yellin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439103586

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 7804

"Our women are serving actively in many ways in this war, and they are doing a grand job on both the fighting front and the home front." -- Eleanor Roosevelt, 1944 Our Mothers' War is a stunning and unprecedented portrait of women during World War II, a war that forever transformed the way women participate in American society. Never before has the vast range of American women's experience during this pivotal era been brought together in one book. Now, Our Mothers' War re-creates what American women from all walks of life were doing and thinking, on the home front and abroad. Like all great histories, Our Mothers' War began with an illuminating discovery. After finding a journal and letters her mother had written while serving with the Red Cross in the Pacific, journalist Emily Yellin started unearthing what her mother and other women of her mother's generation went through during a time when their country asked them to step into roles they had never been invited, or allowed, to fill before. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including personal interviews and previously unpublished letters and diaries, Yellin shows what went on in the hearts and minds of the real women behind the female images of World War II -- women working in war plants; mothers and wives sending their husbands and sons off to war and sometimes death; women joining the military for the first time in American history; nurses operating in battle zones in Europe, Africa, and the Pacific; and housewives coping with rationing. Yellin also delves into lesser-known stories, including: tales of female spies, pilots, movie stars, baseball players, politicians, prostitutes, journalists, and even fictional characters; firsthand accounts from the wives of the scientists who created the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, African-American women who faced Jim Crow segregation laws at home even as their men were fighting enemy bigotry and injustice abroad, and Japanese-American women locked up as prisoners in their own country. Yellin explains how Wonder Woman was created in 1941 to fight the Nazi menace and became the first female comic book superhero, as well as how Marilyn Monroe was discovered in 1944 while working with her mother-in-law packing parachutes at a war plant in Burbank, California. Our Mothers' War gives center stage to those who might be called "the other American soldiers."

Our Mothers' War

American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II

Author: Emily Yellin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743245142

Category: History

Page: 447

View: 6301

Examines how World War II transformed traditional women's roles, describing the experiences of nurses, factory employees, the military's first women soldiers, and female prisoners of war.

Our Mothers' War

American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II

Author: Emily Yellin

Publisher: Free Press

ISBN: 9780743245166

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 1201

Our Mothers' War is an eye-opening and moving portrait of women during World War II, a war that forever transformed the way women participate in American society. Never before has the vast range of women's experiences during this pivotal era been brought together in one book. Now, Our Mothers' War re-creates what American women from all walks of life were doing and thinking, on the home front and abroad. These heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking accounts of the women we have known as mothers, aunts, and grandmothers reveal facets of their lives that have usually remained unmentioned and unappreciated. Our Mothers' War gives center stage to one of WWII's most essential fighting forces: the women of America, whose extraordinary bravery, strength, and humanity shine through on every page.
Biography & Autobiography

Her War

American Women in WWII

Author: Kathryn S. Dobie,Eleanor Lang

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595303730

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 4413

A nurse administers anesthetic with the aid of a flashlight as snipers try to pick off members of a U.S. surgical team in Algiers. One member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots tows targets for U.S. antiaircraft trainees, while another test flies repaired military aircraft in Texas. Another American woman in the Philippines smuggles food and medicine to prisoners who survived the Death March on Bataan. In Her War, American women tell the personal, largely unknown stories of their experiences serving their country in World War II. These are not reminiscences recalled through the 60-year haze of memory. These narratives carry the immediacy of the moment, recounted as they occurred or shortly after the war. The women's courage, endurance, and humor shine throughout these first hand dramas. Her War is a verbal quilt of American women's contributions in World War II.
Biography & Autobiography

Since You Went Away

World War II Letters from American Women on the Home Front

Author: Judy Barrett Litoff,David Clayton Smith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780700607143

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 293

View: 7658

Drawn from a large archive of wartime correspondence, Since You Went Away collects hundreds of letters written by women of all backgrounds and ages from all over the United States: from Midwestern farms to the Hawaiian Islands, from young girls to anxious mothers. The letters are sometimes touching, sometimes anguished, and always packed with intimate glimpses of the World War II era.

Creating Rosie the Riveter

Class, Gender, and Propaganda During World War II

Author: Maureen Honey

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9780870234446

Category: History

Page: 251

View: 6677

Creating Rosie the Riveter examines advertisements and fiction published in the Saturday Evening Post and True Story in order to show how propaganda was used to encourage women to enter the work force.

American Women During World War II

An Encyclopedia

Author: Doris Weatherford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135201900

Category: History

Page: 552

View: 7140

American Women during World War II documents the lives and stories of women who contributed directly to the war effort via official and semi-official military organizations, as well as the millions of women who worked in civilian defense industries, ranging from aircraft maintenance to munitions manufacturing and much more. It also illuminates how the war changed the lives of women in more traditional home front roles. All women had to cope with rationing of basic household goods, and most women volunteered in war-related programs. Other entries discuss institutional change, as the war affected every aspect of life, including as schools, hospitals, and even religion. American Women during World War II provides a handy one-volume collection of information and images suitable for any public or professional library.
Juvenile Nonfiction

The Women Behind Rosie the Riveter

Working for the U.S. War Effort

Author: Pamela Jain Dell

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 1515779351

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 8893

Waging war involves more than just the soldiers on the front line, it take an entire nation. Many women in the U.S. played a pivotal role in the war effort and entered the work force to fill the spots left vacant by the men at war. Rosie the Riveter became a rallying cry for women starting in World War II and continues on to this day.

We Are a College at War

Women Working for Victory in World War II

Author: Mary Weaks-Baxter,Christine Bruun,Catherine Forslund

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809385910

Category: History

Page: 237

View: 314

We Are a College at War weaves together the individual World War II experiences of students and faculty at the all-female Rockford College (now Rockford University) in Rockford, Illinois, to draw a broader picture of the role American women and college students played during this defining period in U.S. history. It uses the Rockford community’s letters, speeches, newspaper stories, and personal recollections to demonstrate how American women during the Second World War claimed the right to be everywhere—in factories and other traditionally male workplaces, and even on the front lines—and links their efforts to the rise of feminism and the fight for women’s rights in the 1960s and 1970s.
Social Science

The home front and beyond

American women in the 1940s

Author: Susan M. Hartmann

Publisher: Twayne Pub


Category: Social Science

Page: 235

View: 7107

Describes the experiences of American women during World War II, examines their role in the military, industry, education, and politics, and discusses their legal rights and family life

World War II

On the Homefront

Author: Phyllis Raybin Emert

Publisher: Applewood Books

ISBN: 1878668609

Category: History

Page: 64

View: 1310

Presents a collection of excerpts from journals, letters, government documents, essays, newspapers, and political cartoons describing life on the homefront during World War II.
Social Science

Wartime Women

Sex Roles, Family Relations, and the Status of Women During World War II

Author: Karen Anderson

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 198

View: 8923

Juvenile Nonfiction

Rosie the Riveter

Women Working on the Home Front in World War II

Author: Penny Colman

Publisher: Perfection Learning

ISBN: 9780780783430

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 120

View: 4378

An account of how 18 million women, many of whom had never held a job, entered the work force in 1942-45 to help the United States during World War II. Their unprecedented participation changed the course of history for women, and America forever.

Beyond Rosie

A Documentary History of Women and World War II

Author: Julia Brock,Jennifer W. Dickey,Richard Harker,Catherine Lewis

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 1557286701

Category: History

Page: 262

View: 2700

Collection of primary source documents, which include photographs, official reports, editorials, executive orders, radio broadcast scripts, letters and oral histories, detailing the experiences and contributions of American women during World War II. The documentary collection is a companion volume to a 2012 traveling exhibition from the Museum of History and Holocaust Education. Chapter 1 documents the mobilization of women into industrial factories and agricultural sectors. Chapter 2 deals with women who found employment in white-collar professions, such as law, journalism, clerical work and medicine. Chapter 3 traces women's service in military auxiliary units. Chapter 4 focuses on women's domestic labor on the home front. Chapter 5 documents the secret war waged by the government including its use of women as spies and saboteurs.
Social Science

Good Girls, Good Food, Good Fun

The Story of USO Hostesses during World War II

Author: Meghan K. Winchell

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807887269

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 9854

Throughout World War II, when Saturday nights came around, servicemen and hostesses happily forgot the war for a little while as they danced together in USO clubs, which served as havens of stability in a time of social, moral, and geographic upheaval. Meghan Winchell demonstrates that in addition to boosting soldier morale, the USO acted as an architect of the gender roles and sexual codes that shaped the "greatest generation." Combining archival research with extensive firsthand accounts from among the hundreds of thousands of female USO volunteers, Winchell shows how the organization both reflected and shaped 1940s American society at large. The USO had hoped that respectable feminine companionship would limit venereal disease rates in the military. To that end, Winchell explains, USO recruitment practices characterized white middle-class women as sexually respectable, thus implying that the sexual behavior of working-class women and women of color was suspicious. In response, women of color sought to redefine the USO's definition of beauty and respectability, challenging the USO's vision of a home front that was free of racial, gender, and sexual conflict. Despite clashes over class and racial ideologies of sex and respectability, Winchell finds that most hostesses benefited from the USO's chaste image. In exploring the USO's treatment of female volunteers, Winchell not only brings the hostesses' stories to light but also supplies a crucial missing piece for understanding the complex ways in which the war both destabilized and restored certain versions of social order.
Business & Economics

Your Call Is (Not That) Important to Us

Customer Service and What It Reveals About Our World and Our Lives

Author: Emily Yellin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416594574

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 7106

Bring up the subject of customer service phone calls and the blood pressure of everyone within earshot rises exponentially. Otherwise calm, rational, and intelligent people go into extended rants about an industry that seems to grow more inhuman and unhelpful with every phone call we make. And Americans make more than 43 billion customer service calls each year. Whether it's the interminable hold times, the outsourced agents who can't speak English, or the multitude of buttons to press and automated voices to listen to before reaching someone with a measurable pulse -- who hasn't felt exasperated at the abuse, neglect, and wasted time we experience when all we want is help, and maybe a little human kindness? Your Call Is (Not That) Important to Us is journalist Emily Yellin's engaging, funny, and far-reaching exploration of the multibillion-dollar customer service industry and its surprising inner-workings. Yellin reveals the real human beings and often surreal corporate policies lurking behind its aggravating façade. After reading this first-ever investigation of the customer service world, you'll never view your call-center encounters in quite the same way. Since customer service has a role in just about every industry on earth, Yellin travels the country and the world, meeting a wide range of customer service reps, corporate decision makers, industry watchers, and Internet-based consumer activists. She spends time at outsourced call centers for Office Depot in Argentina and Microsoft in Egypt. She gets to know the Mormon wives who answer JetBlue's customer service calls from their homes in Salt Lake City, and listens in on calls from around the globe at a FedEx customer service center in Memphis. She meets with the creators of the yearly Customer Rage Study, customer experience specialists at Credit Suisse in Zurich, the founder and CEO of FedEx, and the CEO of the rising Internet retailer Zappos.com. Yellin finds out which country complains about service the most (Sweden), interviews an actress who provides the voice for automated answering systems at many big corporations, and talks to the people who run a website (GetHuman.com that posts codes for bypassing automated voices and getting to an actual human being at more than five hundred major companies. Yellin weaves her vast reporting into an entertaining narrative that sheds light on the complex forces that create our infuriating experiences. She chronicles how the Internet and global competition are forcing businesses to take their customers' needs more seriously and offers hope from people inside and outside the globalized corporate world fighting to make customer service better for us all. Your Call Is (Not That) Important to Us cuts through corporate jargon and consumer distress to provide an eye-opening and animated account of the way companies treat their customers, how customers treat the people who serve them, and how technology, globalization, class, race, gender, and culture influence these interactions. Frustrated customers, smart executives, and dedicated customer service reps alike will find this lively examination of the crossroads of world commerce -- the point where businesses and their customers meet -- illuminating and essential.
Social Science

Women at War with America

Private Lives in a Patriotic Era

Author: D'Ann Campbell

Publisher: D'Ann Campbell


Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 2548

Describes how World War II affected the lives of American women, and examines the challenges they faced in the military and as nurses, factory workers, volunteer workers, and homemakers

American Women During World War II

Author: Claudia Hagen

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781516844128


Page: 458

View: 3033

Hundreds of books have been written about horrific combat stories from WWII, the most brutal war in history. Few books have been written describing the efforts of the American women during that time. Combat changed the lives of American men, while home front circumstances shaped a new way of thinking and living for American women. What did the women do to hold our nation together while their men were fighting overseas? What battles did the women face on a daily basis to keep our nation running smoothly? WWII changed American society forever by giving birth to the women's revolution and the Atomic Age. Both were explosive in their own right and changed the world forever.

Code Girls

The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

Author: Liza Mundy

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 0316352551

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 2928

The award-winning New York Times bestseller about the American women who secretly served as codebreakers during World War II--a "prodigiously researched and engrossing" (New York Times) book that "shines a light on a hidden chapter of American history" (Denver Post). Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.

The Unwomanly Face of War

An Oral History of Women in World War II

Author: Светлана Алексиевич

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0399588728

Category: History

Page: 331

View: 2964

"Bringing together dozens of voices ... [this is a] collection of stories of women's experiences in World War II, both on the front lines, on the home front, and in occupied territories"--Provided by publisher.