Women in the Military: An Unfinished Revolution

TitleWomen in the Military: An Unfinished Revolution
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1982
AuthorsHolm, Jeanne
Number of Pages451
PublisherPresidio Press
CityNovato, CA
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An account of women's accomplishments in the Armed Forces inspite of limitations, and surveys legislative action behind the services. This revised edition of Maj. Gen. Jeanne Holm's classic work on the history and role of women in the U.S. armed forces brings the reader up to date by covering the role of American military women in all post-Vietnam military operations - including the recent Persian Gulf war. Just as important is her discussion of the changing role of women in the military during the 1980s and the current debate over combat exclusion law and policies. From the day Molly Pitcher fired her cannon without congressional sanction at the Battle of Monmouth in 1778 until 1948, when women were accorded full legal status in the regular armed services, the military was viewed as a wholly masculine preserve. During the Revolution and Civil War, women were forced to disguise themselves as men order to gain access to the ranks. The fight against the "built-in institutional resistance of the tradition-bound military subculture" is a large part of General Holm's story. Women's battle for status and recognition is the other part. Women always had to be superior to male counterparts in education and moral standing. Uniforms and accommodations were major stumbling blocks. The "emphasis was most often on bathrooms, not bullets," General Holm observes. Although women are now an integral part of each of the services, the controversy is far from over; the revolution continues. But, as recent events have so aptly demonstrated, it is now impossible for America to go to war without its women.

Short TitleWomen in the Military
Reprint EditionRevised 2nd ed. (1992)
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