HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 27, 2013 – Dr. Kara Dixon Vuic, associate professor of history at High Point University, recently had a chapter published in “The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History, 1865 to the Present.” Vuic’s chapter, “American Women in World War II,” examines the ways wartime service proved transformative for women in the military and the workforce.
While Rosie the Riveter has become a symbol of women’s wartime work, Vuic explains that the popular image represents only a portion of the work women performed.
“Hundreds of thousands of women joined the military in newly established women’s corps, while millions of other women worked in defense industries that supplied the war effort,” says Vuic.
She also describes other, lesser known ways women participated in the effort. Women worked as spies and secretaries, entertainers and writers, farmers and translators. Even as their participation varied, she argues that all women found their lives changed by the war.
“The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History, 1865 to the Present,” is available at any online book retailer.
Vuic’s research focuses on women’s wartime and military experiences. She is writing a book that will examine the ways the U.S. military has utilized women as entertainment for soldiers throughout the 20th century.