Sunday, 11 October 2015

"Chronicles of Women of the Great War in their own Words" by Elizabeth Foxwell


American author and editor Elizabeth Foxwell has written a book about the contribution of American women in WW1 because she thinks, and I agree with her, that not nearly enough people know about their exploits.

As Elizabeth points out in a recent interview with American University Radio WAMU 88.5, we hear a great deal about the women who went to nurse, but women played a far greater role in WW1 than has hitherto been recognised.  In "Chronicles of Women of the Great War in their own Words", Elizabeth Foxwell tells the stories of many of those women, six of whom are commemorated on the Arlington War Memorial in Washington DC.

Quite rightly, Elizabeth says that many people only think of France and the Western Front when they commemorate the First World War.  As you will see from this list of Female Poets country by country, the conflict affected every country of the world and there were more theatres of war than is generally known:

http://www.femalewarpoets.blogspot.co.uk/p/female-poets-of-first-world-war-revised.html
    
Elizabeth will read extracts from her book at One More Page Books store in Arlington on 13th October 2015 at 7 p.m. - 220 N. Westmoreland Street #101, Arlington, VA 22213. For further information about the event e-mail: info@onemorebookpages.com.

You can read about the interview here:


Further information about American women of the era:

https://americanwomeninwwi.wordpress.com
http://www.sewallbelmont.org  - museum dedicated to the memory of American suffragettes

I am always on the lookout for more inspirational women, female poets, fascinating facts and forgotten (male) poets of the First World War, so please get in touch if you know of any.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Lucy
    just to let you know I am copying your list of Inspirational Women for my Blog on Women in WW1 on https://tiggerrenewing.wordpress.com. to be posted later this month (Oct). I am showcasing also Flora Sandes who actually served in the army as a soldier! I hope you don't mind...

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    1. Of course I don't mind - it is great to share the I
      information. Flora Sandes features in the book of the exhibition Inspirational Women of World War One proving Nicholas Murray wrong when he said women did not fight. Keep spreading the word.

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