Women Combatants in World War I: a Russian Case Study

TitleWomen Combatants in World War I: a Russian Case Study
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsSowers, Susan R., Army War Colleg S.), and Defense Technical U.S.)
Number of Pages70
PublisherU.S. Army War College
CityCarlisle Barracks, PA, USA

Women have participated in a variety of ways in wars since the beginning of humanity. Yet, it was not until World War I that many women gained the right to join active and dangerous combat alongside males. Four of the major participators of the Great War were the United States, Britain, Germany, and Russia all of which allowed women to enter war. However, Russia did not accept the fact that women should not fight at the front of the war as the other superpowers of the war did. Instead, Russia allowed women to risk their lives in anyway they desired. Credit is given to Maria Bochkareva for developing the 'Women's Battolion of Death' unit that was the only one who tested the front lines during WWI. Conclusively, Susan R. Sowers and the Army War College (US) analyze how women are still facing discrimination in the armed forces as they are not allowed to serve in certain, high-ranked units, particularly in the United States. 

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