Women During World War II: Substitutes, Soldiers, or Scapegoats?

Dominique François
Military historian Dominique François examines the overlooked role of women during World War II - from the waves of non-combat volunteers in the U.S. and Britian to the Soviets on the front lines to France’s vilified “horizontal collaborators” with the Nazis
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
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6:30 pm
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The role of women during World War II is little known, obscured by attention to the men who fought and led. But women were essential to the outcome. In the U.S. and Britain, they volunteered en masse, serving in non-combat roles. Soviet women joined front-line troops. French women helped replace men sent to Germany as forced laborers, joined the resistance, or became “horizontal collaborators” later subjected to punishment and humiliation after their country’s liberation.

French military historian Dominique François examines these unknown soldiers, whose participation and support helped the Allies win the war. The presentation is part of the Eisenhower 125 series co-presented by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home with support from the W.T. Kemper Foundation - Commerce Bank, Trustee.