Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Minerva now mobilizing

Author Kimberly Jensen has just published her new book, Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War. Highlighting the wartime experiences of OHSU alumna Esther Pohl Lovejoy, MD, and including chapters on women physicians, nurses, and women's medical units, the book explores the changing dynamics between women service personnel and the structure of the armed forces, and elucidates women's efforts to validate their rights to full citizenship in both war and peacetime.

Portions of Jensen's research were conducted in the OHSU Historical Collections & Archives, using the Esther Pohl Lovejoy Collections (Accession No. 2001-004 and 2001-011). Jensen is already working on her next project, a biography of Lovejoy. Information about her research is available on her faculty web page.

Mobilizing Minerva will soon be available for checkout in the OHSU Library. Copies can also be purchased from University of Illinois Press web site.

Table of Contents:
  • Preface: "Mobilizing Woman Power" in the First World War
  • Prelude: The Washington, D.C., Suffrage Parade of 1913
  • 1. Negotiating Gender and Citizenship: Context for the First World War
  • 2. Gender and Violence: Context and Experience in the Era of the World War
  • 3. "Whether We Vote or Not--We Are Going to Shoot": Women and the Armed Defense on the Home Front
  • 4. "The Fighting, Biting, and Scratching Kind": Good Girls, Bad Girls, and Women's Soldiering
  • 5. Uncle Sam's Loyal Nieces: Women Physicians, Citizenship, and Wartime Military Service
  • 6. Helping Women Who Pay the "Rapacious Price" of War: Women's Medical Units in France
  • 7. A Base Hospital is Not a Coney Island Dance Hall: Nurses, Citizenship, Hostile Work Environment, and Military Rank
  • 8. "Danger Ahead for the Country": Civic Roles and Safety for the Consumer-Civilian in Postwar America
  • Conclusion

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