Ashley D.


During war women are viewed, I believe, as caretakers. While men are away at war, their wives are meant to care for their children and stay strong. They have to take care of themselves AND any children that they have. They are the main component holding a family together during a rough time.
If you look back to the beginning of war, women have always been caretakers. They looked after children, cooked, and cleaned. They were not allowed to participate in war as soldiers, but were able to nurse wounded soldiers. Today women play a different role. We can join the war along with men and fight alongside them if we want.

Who was Rosie the Riveter?
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Rosie the Riveter was a media propaganda creation devised to encourage women to fill in for men while they were fighting World War II.
During World War II, so many men were sent off to war, and so much new production was needed to support that war effort that there was a gross shortage of manpower to staff factories and manufacturing plants. As a result, propaganda was distributed through print, film and radio to encourage women to take over their jobs for the duration of the war.


Women during WW2


G.I. Jane
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Toby Keith"Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)"

"My daddy served in the army

Where he lost his right eye

But he flew a flag out in our yard

Until the day that he died

He wanted my mother,

my brother, my sister and me

To grow up and live happy

In the land of the free."


An article from late 2006 written by Chief White House correspondent David Gregory:

"The military bars women from serving in ground combat forces.

The feeling's been that women would undermine the bond of an all-male unit,
wouldn't be strong enough, and that the public couldn't stomach women dying in war."

Kelsie T.


I believe that during times of war women are multiple things. They can be looked at as caretakers, but also victims. When women are surrounded by war they are exposed to many dangerous things during times of war. Women can be subject to rape and enslavement through interment camps of the opposing side. Woman may become orphans during this time due to the loss of family. In some countries woman may become orphan post war, because they are seen as impure if they were previously raped. I believe this is extremely unfair to a woman to be exiled due to the sexual attack of a man. It’s not like these women chose their fait.

It’s a shame to say that women have a disadvantage in the war, but it’s true. Even as soldiers there strengths are not comparable to a man, but some women prove this statement false.

I looked to a fictional character during some of my research as well. She was a woman who defied the odds and did what no man could do. This character from the Lord of the Rings trilogy was known as Éowyn. Éowyn created a powerful moment in this novel when she splayed the Witch-King of Angmar during the battle of the Pelennor Fields. The prophecy foretold that the Which-King may not fall by the hand of man…The Which-King boasted, ”no living man may hinder me!” This is when Éowyn removed her helmet reveling herself and said…

"But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him."


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This is a well-defined example of woman in war. Women do have a purpose and though they may not be as strong as man they can still stand next to men on the battlefield. Women are strong figures in war and though a fictional character Éowyn is a good example.


Who was Joan of Arc?

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A young peasant woman who helped France by leading soldiers against the English.

Joan of Arc is yet another example of women who fought along side men in battle. The story of Joan of Arch
is commonly known as a pesent girl who rises up to lead the French into battle against the English. Little do
most peopel know that she was acused of being a witch for she proclaimed that she was sent to earth by god.

The Following link is a movie trailor for Joan of Arc the movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9qObh-52jo


"She's Not Just a Pretty Face"

She's--not--just a pretty face
She's--got--everything it takes
She has a fashion line--
a journalist for "Time"
Coaches a football team
She's a geologist--a romance novelist
She is a mother of three
She is a soldier--she is a wife
She is a surgeon--she'll save your life

[Chorus:]
She's--not--just a pretty face
She's--got--everything it takes
She's--mother--of the human race
She's--not--just a pretty face

I believe that these lyrics to Shania Twain'd sone "She's Not Just a Pretty Face" relate to women and war because it describes that women are stronger then most think. The lyrics to this song explain how women arent just there to look pretty and be the typical woman as men portray them. These lyrics show that women are strong and they can acheieve great things in life. I pasted up the part of the song where they metnion a woman being a soldier because it relaates most to the war unit, but following the line she is a soldier it says she is a wife I thouhgt this represented alot about being a woman. Sometimes being a soldier can take as much dedication as being a wife and taking the risks and going through the struggles. Women are strong and i believe that these lyrics represent that fact about women and thats a key element of a womans roll in times of war...being strong.




Woman who aided in times of war​...

I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.

This was a quote i found while researching Harriot Tubman. Harriot Tubman was an African American Slave abolitionist who has been freed from slavery. During her freedom she had help many other enslaved African Americans escape from slavery. She was most commonly known for running Free Houses otherwise known as The Underground Rail Road to help slaves reach freedom. She risked her life to help other people during times of war. Harriot tubman relates to the topic Woman and War for what she did during times of war she was a nobel woman and she did something heroic during a time of war.


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Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of a lovely feminine Paul Revere
Who rode an equally famous ride
Through a different part of the countryside,
Where Sybil Ludington's name recalls
A ride as daring as that of Paul's.
In April, Seventeen Seventy-Seven,
A smoky glow in the eastern heaven(A fiery herald of war and slaughter)
Cae to the eyes of the Colonel's daughter.
"Danbury's burning," she cried aloud.The Colonel answered,
"'T is but a cloud,
A cloud reflecting the campfires' red,
So hush you, Sybil, and go to bed."
"I hear the sound of the cannon drumming"
"'T is only the wind in the treetops humming!
So go to bed, as a young lass ought,
And give the matter no further thought.
"
Young Sybil sighed as she turned to go,
"Still, Danbury's burning--that I know."
Sound of a horseman riding hard
Clatter of hoofs in the manoryard
Feet on the steps and a knock resounding
As a fist struck wood with a mighty pounding.
The doors flung open, a voice is heard,"Danbury's burning
--I rode with word;
Fully half of the town is gone
And the British--the British are coming on.
Send a messenger, get our men!
"
His message finished the horseman then
Staggered wearily to a chairAnd fell exhausted in slumber there.
The Colonel muttered, "And who, my friend,Is the messenger I can send?
Your strength is spent and you cannot ride
And, then, you know not the countryside;
I cannot go for my duty's clear;
When my men come in they must find me here;
There's devil a man on the place tonight
To warn my troopers to come--and fight.
Then, who is my messenger to be?
"
Said Sybil Ludington, "You have me."
"You!" said the Colonel, and grimly smiled,
"You!" My daughter, you're just a child!"
"Child!" cried Sybil. "Why I'm sixteen!
My mind's alert and my senses keen,
I know where the trails and the roadways are
And I can gallop as fast and as far
As any masculine rider can.
You want a messenger? I'm your man!"
The Colonel's heart was aglow with pride.
":Spoke like a soldier. Ride, girl, ride
Ride like the devil; ride like sin;
Summon my slumbering troopers in.
I know when duty is to be done
That I can depend on a Ludington!"
So over the trails to the towns and farms
Sybil delivered the call to arms.
Riding swiftly without a stop
Except to rap with a riding crop
On the soldiers' doors, with a sharp tattoo
And a hight-pitched feminine halloo.
"Up! up there, soldier. You're needed, come!
The British are marching!" and the the drum
Of her horse's feet as she rode apace
To bring more men to the meeting place.
Sybil grew weary and faint and drowsing,
Here limbs were aching, but still she rode
Until she finished her task of rousing
Each sleeping soldier from his abode,
Showing her father, by work well done,
The he could depend on a Ludington.
Dawn in the skies with its tints of pearl
And the lass who rode in a soldier's stead
Turned home, only a tired girl
Thinking of breakfast and then of bed
With never a dream that her ride would be
A glorious legend of histoty;
Nor that posterity's hand would mark
Each trail she rode through the inky dark,
Each path to figure in song and story
As a splendid, glamorous path of glory--
To prove, as long as the ages run,
That "you can depend on a Ludington."
Such is the legend of Sybil's ride
To summon the men from the countryside
A true tale, making her title clear
As a lovely feminine Paul Revere!


Lindsey Williams

This poem By Lindsey Williams talks about a woman known as Sybil Ludington who played a similar roll to Paul Revere during the revolutionary war. Sybil road on horse back around the country side to warn the militia that the british had arived, as did Paul Revere. Why did Paul Revere recieve all the credit? I believe due to the time frame women were not accredited for the heroic things they did simpley because they were women. This is extremly unfair due to the fact that Sybil had gone a longer distance and had warned more people then Paul Revere. This poem about Sybil Ludington relates to women in war, because it explains how Sybil contributed to the cause during the revolutionary war.


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