Creating a (Gendered?) Military Identity: The Women's Auxiliary Air Force in Great Britain in the Second World War

TitleCreating a (Gendered?) Military Identity: The Women's Auxiliary Air Force in Great Britain in the Second World War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsStone, Tessa
JournalWomen's History Review
Volume8
Issue4
Pagination605-624
Date Published1999
Abstract

In the context of the debate regarding the effect on gender relations of women's participation in World War II, wartime representations of Britain's Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) and the personal testimony of former members of the service are used to test the so-called double helix model of gender relations. Two key areas in which wartime gender difference was negotiated - women's role as workers and their adoption of military uniform - illuminate the ways in which women constructed their self-identity as uniquely integrated members of a military service. The evidence suggests that analysis of women's experiences based purely on their gender is inadequate, and shows that the military context provided a different framework within which women's identity and status operated.

URLhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09612029900200227
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