Yale University Libraries and Collections

Women & the War


  • Susan R. Grayzel, Women and the First World War (London; New York: Longman, 2002)
  • Margaret Higonnet (ed.) Behind the lines: gender and the two World Wars (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987)
  • Yvonne M. Klein (ed.) Beyond the home front: women’s autobiographical writing of the two world wars (London: Macmillan Press, 1997)•
  • Ruth Harris, ‘The Child of the Barbarian: Rape, Race and Nationalism in France during the First World War’, Past and Present, October 1993, pp. 170-206.


  • Family and the home
  • Motherhood
  • Sexual assault, rape, and violence against women
  • The use of women as patriotic symbols, and as motivation for fighting
  • War widows and bereavement
  • Welfare, wives and children
  • Women and employment
  • Women and political participation
  • Women’s participation in the armed forces: auxiliary roles and nursing; the exceptional case of Russian women soldiers


  • War poster collection, 1914-1946 (inclusive), 1914-1918 (bulk). 8.5 linear ft. (38 folios). LSF-Request for Use at Manuscripts and Archives. MS 671. Link to poster database
  • Arthur Wilfred Ashby, The war and women... [1916?] Pamphlet. 16 p, 24 cm. SML. Bi66 149 1916a.
  • Louis Barthou, The effort of the French women [microform] (Paris: Barcelone, Bloud & Gay, 1918). 24 p. 22 cm. SML. Microform. Film B9041:6.
  • Great Britain. War Office. Women’s war work. Issued by the War office, September, 1916. (London: H. M. Stationery Office, printed by the Chiswick press, 1916). MUDD Library. Ndn85 G5 +916g.
  • Ida Clyde Gallagher Clarke, American women and the world war (New York, London, D. Appleton and Company, 1918) SML. Bi66 879.
  • Elizabeth Hudson papers, 1914-1950 (inclusive), 1916-1919 (bulk). .5 linear ft. (1 box). Manuscripts and Archives. MS 1464. The papers consist of four albums of photographs and autographs documenting Elizabeth Hudson’s service as a nurse in American Military Hospital #1 in Paris during World War I. The albums contain pictures of French, Moroccan, and American wounded soldiers with written identifications by Hudson and comments by her patients. There are also scenes of battlefields, hospital staff, and of the victory parade in Paris in 1919.
  • Gilbert Stone (ed.) with a foreword by Lady Jellicoe, Women war workers; accounts contributed by representative workers of the work done by women in the more important branches of war employment (New York: Crowell, 1917). MUDD Library. WB 50280.
  • Woman’s Dreadnought. [microform] London: Workers Suffrage Federation [etc.] v.1(1914)-v.4(1917). SML. Film S807
Motor Corps of America Poster

"The Motor Corps of America " by Howard Chandler Christy. War Poster Collection, Manuscripts & Archives, Yale University Library. MSSA.MS.0671. Folder 21. Folder Name YUS36-50. File name 004323.jpg.


  • World War, 1914-1918—Women
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—Australia
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women— Bibliography—Catalogs
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—Biography
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—Congresses
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—Fiction
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—France
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women— France—Biography
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—Germany
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women— Germany—History
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—Great Britain
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—Great Britain—Bibliography
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—Great Britain—Sources
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—Italy
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—Italy—Greve in Chianti
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—Italy— Ravenna
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—Literary collections
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—Poland
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—Posters— Catalogs
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—Russia
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—Scotland
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—United States
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—United States—Exhibitions
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women—United States—Societies, etc.
  • World War, 1914-1918—Women's work