A Century in Uniform

Military Women in American Films


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About the Book

From silents of the early American motion picture era through 21st century films, this book offers a decade-by-decade examination of portrayals of women in the military. The full range of genres is explored, along with films created by today’s military women about their experiences.
Laws regarding women in the service are analyzed, along with discussion of the challenges they have faced in the push for full participation and of the changing societal attitudes through the years.

About the Author(s)

Stacy Fowler is an associate professor and technical services librarian at St. Mary’s University Law Library in San Antonio. Her scholarly interests include laws affecting women in the military and gender inequity in Hollywood.
Deborah A. Deacon is an art historian and retired U.S. Navy commander who resides in Arizona. She has curated exhibitions on women’s textiles and war, photography and Japanese anime and manga.

Bibliographic Details

Stacy Fowler and Deborah A. Deacon
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 228
Bibliographic Info: 77 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7713-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3797-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms ix
Preface 1
Introduction 3
One. The Early Days: 1910–1939 15
Two. You Can Do It! The 1940s 25
Three. Now What? The 1950s 44
Four. The Times They Are Changing: 1960s and 1970s 64
Five. Great Expectations: The 1980s 85
Six. Wish Fulfillment—Almost: The 1990s 104
Seven. All That You Can Be: The 2000s 131
Eight. Shattering the Camouflage Ceiling: The 2010s 148
Conclusion 171
Appendix A: Filmography by Year 175
Appendix B: By the Numbers 195
Chapter Notes 199
Bibliography 207
Index 211