Roles Of Women In War

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Usually when the topic of war is mentioned, images of brave men in khaki uniforms, poised with guns and ready for anything. Additionally, when wars are covered in history the curriculum tends to place emphasis on battles, strategy and how wars have initiated through treaties and the greedy intentions of usually a few powerful men. However, in most accounts of war history women are barely mentioned despite their vital contribution. This essay will examine the various roles that women have played during periods of war and the extent of the effects that war has on the lives of women. Furthermore, this essay will provide examples of women in various wars within the past two hundred years; with particular focus on the Second World War. In doing …show more content…
For example, during the Second World War, the Soviet Union had up to eight hundred thousand female soldiers, making up eight present of their armed forces. Such roles that the women filled include: medical support, which unlike other nursing roles ha a lot of combat detail integrated into the job, doctors and nurses which is estimated to be made up of forty present of women, infantry soldiers, combat aviation, armour and partisan forces. However, most well-known units of the Soviets women participants are those in the air force. According to Goldstein, all antiaircraft units were undergone by women, both as pilots and gunners who were renowned for their accuracy and efficiency. Even to the extent that German pilots were fearful of these women, even to the extent that they’d rather fly over a hostile country ten times than “pass once through the fire of Russian flak sent up by female …show more content…
One of these of these women was an Australian named Anne Matheson, who worked alongside Elizabeth Riddell and Margret Gilruth. Margret had arrived in France in 1940 to report for Melbourne Herald on the eve of the Nazi invasion of the low lands. In her writings Margret wrote that she was now “a real correspondent and the only British newspaper-women watching activates at first hand”. Which was due to the fact that the British army was apprehensive about women correspondents being too close to the fight because it was the official policy of the Army to have the correspondents closely aligned with the male soldiers. Nevertheless, Margret managed to report on the Royal Air Force, and closely follow the activities of Australian pilots such as Leslie Cilsby as they bombed Belgium. She even went to the extent of learning the workings and terminology of the weapons and aircraft. Thus showing that women correspondents could be through and professional without taking a female

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