Posts Tagged ‘World War I’

Women of the Great War: The Russian Women’s Battalion of Death

Despite the creepy moniker, the Russian Women’s Battalion of Death is not really the stuff from which Halloween stories are made. Instead it is a tale of patriotism, courage, and political idealism When World War I began, Russian law prohibited women from joining the army. Nonetheless, Russian women found ways to fight. Some women took…

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Women of the Great War: The Hello Girls

As I’ve mentioned before here in the Margins, now and then a bit of history begins to track me down. A name, event, or idea piques my interest and suddenly I stumble across it everywhere. Or at least in the footnotes to books on tangentially related subjects. Lately the “Hello Girls” of the first World…

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Women of the Great War: Before Rosie the Riveter

A generation before Rosie the Riveter, munitionettes “wo-manned” Britain’s factories and mines, replacing the men who volunteered for General Kitchener’s New Army in 1914 and 1915. Women were initially greeted in the work force with hostility. Male trade unionists argued that the employment of women, who earned roughly half the salary of the men they…

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