Friday, January 25, 2013

Answering the Call of Duty, Then and Now

Female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne division, train
on a firing range in Fort Campbell, Ky., in preparation for their deployment to
Afghanistan.  Mark Humphrey/AP.

The Pentagon's announcement 
that it will lift the ban on women in combat--in addition to raising questions for many--also calls to mind the rich and proud history of women in the U.S. armed forces.

The Woman's Collection of Texas Woman's University--a preeminent research center for women's history housed in the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus--has within its rich collection of resources on American women a broad range of materials on the history of women who have, in various capacities, proudly and bravely served our country.

WACs exiting a train, ca. 1942.  From the Digital Collection 
War Time and the Military of the Woman's Collection of
Texas Woman's University.  Denton, Texas.
From the nationally recognized wealth of resources on Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), the first women in history to fly for the U.S. military (including a WASP tour of the library, a WASP Virtual Collection and an impressive WASP Digital Collection); to the Whirly Girl Collection (a growing research collection based on the records of the Whirly-Girls International and the personal papers of individual women helicopter pilots); to the Digital Collections on Women Military Aviatorsthe Mercury 13War Time and the Military and much, much more, the TWU Woman's Collection reminds us in vivid detail how far women in this country have come--and how very much we have to be proud of.

The Woman's Collection, housed on the library's second floor, is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when the library is open.  They welcome your inquiries at womansc@twu.edu or 940-898-3751.

~Sandy Cochran

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