Women and War

Women and War - Current Issues

UniFem – Women war and peace
[http://www.womenwarpeace.org/]
Provides information and resources on issues that affect women during times of conflict including: rape, sexual violence and HIV/AIDs, limited access to healthcare and the risk of trafficking, exploitation and abuse.

History of Women and War - Global Issues

SBS Podcast on Women and War- Bosnia
Bosnian Refugee Tanja Mikulic Tue, Dec 11 2007
[http://www20.sbs.com.au/podcasting/index.php?action=feeddetails&feedid=12&id=9204]

History of Women and War - Australia

The Australian War Memorial
[http://www.awm.gov.au/]
has a wide range of resources, short articles and pictures relating to women and war

Pages include:
Women's Services during the war
The Australian Women’s Land Army
[http://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/homefront/land_army.asp]
Australian Women's Army Service and Royal Australian Women's Army Corps
[http://www.awm.gov.au/atwar/structure/awas.htm]
Australian Army Nursing Service
[http://www.awm.gov.au/1918/medical/nurses.htm]

Women's Work during the war
Forging the Nation
[http://www.awm.gov.au/forging/australians/women.htm],
a very brief look at the changes in women's life during the first two decades of the twentieth century. Also looks at pacifist and suffragette Vida Goldstein.

Portrait of Aircraftwoman Florence Miles
[http://www.awm.gov.au/sharedexperience/enlarge.asp?cat=2&painting=14]
No 1 projectile shop, (Commonwealth Ordnance Factory, Maribyrnong)
[http://www.awm.gov.au/sharedexperience/enlarge.asp?cat=2&painting=5]

Women on the Home Front
SBS ANZAC women at home Wed, Apr 23 2008
Radio Feature (Podcast)
[http://www20.sbs.com.au/podcasting/index.php?action=feeddetails&feedid=83&id=12381]
Unsung War Heroes Thu, Apr 24 2008
[http://www20.sbs.com.au/podcasting/index.php?action=feeddetails&feedid=12&id=12421]

Prisoners of war
Comfort women
[http://www.awm.gov.au/alliesinadversity/prisoners/women.asp]
Jan Ruff-O'Herne from Adelaide has written a book 50 years of silence on her experience and this book is available at the Women's Studies Resource Centre
Her story and campaign for recognition and an apology from Japan was told on
Australian Story - An Uncomfortable Truth - 2007
[http://www.abc.net.au/austory/specials/uncomfortabletruth/default.htm]

Changi quilts
[http://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/quilt/history.htm]
- an account of the quilts made by women internees at Changi prison
(example available here)

Biographies include:
Nora Heysen, offician war artist
[http://www.awm.gov.au/fiftyaustralians/23.asp]
Colonel Kathleen Best, OBE, RRC
[http://www.awm.gov.au/people/8574.asp]
Captain Vivian Bullwinkel, AO, MBE, ARRC
[http://www.awm.gov.au/people/1906.asp]

Other websites on Women and War
South Australian Experiences of war: Women and war
[http://www.samemory.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=851]
includes brief extracts on the homefront, women’s auxiliary services and Land army,

Victoria: Women in World War II
[http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/ergo/women_in_wwii]

South Australian Women and War - the State Library of South Australia's page.
South Australian women and war
Includes links to digitised artefacts in the State Library's collection.

Australian Women in War - part of the Australian Women's Archives Project.
[http://www.womenaustralia.info/exhib/war/war.html]
Includes links to additional resources. [http://www.womenaustralia.info/exhib/war/resources.html]

WSRC Resources:
Adam-Smith, Patsy. Australian women at war. Melbourne, Nelson, 1984.

Adie, Kate. Corsets to camouflage : women and war

Chapkis, W. Loaded questions : women in the military.

Curlewis, Joan. Women and wages in the war years 1940-1945.Sydney: Union of Aust Women, 1982

Damousi, Joy Lake, Marilyn. Gender and war : Australians at war in the twentieth century. Melbourne; Cambridge University Press. 1995

Durdin, Joan. They became nurses : a history of nursing in South Australia 1836-1980. Sydney : Allen & Unwin, 1991

Enloe, Cynthia. Does Khaki become you? : The militarisation of women's lives

Enloe, Cynthia. Maneuvers : The international politics of militarizing women's lives.

Goldsmith, Betty and Sandford, Beryl. The girls they left behind. Ringwood, Vic: Penguin, 1990

Hardisty, Sue. Thanks girls and goodbye. Ringwood, Vic: Penguin, 1990.

Howard, Ann. Where do we go from here? compelling postwar experiences of Australian ex-Servicewomen 1945-1948. Sydney, Tarka, 1994

Jeffrey, Betty. White coolies, illustrated by J.P.L. Kickefer. Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1954.

McHugh, Siobhan. Minefields and miniskirts: Australian women and the Vietnam War. Sydney, Doubleday, 1993.

McMurchy, Megan; Oliver, Margot; Thornley, Jeni. For love or money: a pictorial history of women and work in Australia. Melbourne, Penguin, 1983

Ruff-O'Hearne, Jan. 50 years of silence. Sydney, 1994.

Saywell, Shelley. Women in war : First hand accounts from world war II to El Salvador.

Scott, Jean. Girls with grit : memories of the Australian Women's Land Army. Sydney, Allen and Unwin, 1986.

Sheridan, Dorothy eds. Wartime women: an anthology of women's wartime writing for mass-observation 1937-45.

Thanks girls and goodbye : the story of the Australian Women's Land Army 1942-1945, edited by Sue Hardisty. Ringwood, Vic, Viking O'Neill, 1990.

Walton, Nancy Bird. My God! its a woman: autobiography of Nancy Bird. North Ryde, N.S.W., Angus and Robertson, 1990.

Worth her salt : women at work in Australia, edited by Margaret Bevege, Margaret James, Carmel Shute. Sydney, Hale and Iremonger, c1982.

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