Women in war
The experiences of women in war have been diverse. Historically women have played a major role on the home front. By the 18th century, some women accompanied armies assigned combat missions, usually handling roles such as cooking and laundry. They sewed bandages, rubbed cow pat as 'medicine' and other medical equipment for the soldiers. Women worked in munitions factories. Nursing became a major role starting in the middle 19th century. The main role in World War I (1914-1918) was employment in munitions factories, farming, and other roles to replace men drafted for the army. Women played an important role in making the system of food rationing work. World War II (1939-1945) marked a decisive turning point, with millions of women handling important homefront roles, such as working in munitions factories and otherwise replacing drafted men. Volunteer roles expanded. The most romantic new change was millions of women in regular military units. Typically they handled clerical roles so that men could be released for combat. Some women (especially in the Soviet Union, Germany, and Britain) were assigned limited combat roles, especially in anti-aircraft units, where they shot down enemy bombers while at the same time being safe from capture. Underground and resistance movements made extensive use of women in support roles. Reaction set in after 1945, and the roles allowed to women was sharply reduced in all major armies. Restarting in the 1970s, women played an increasing role in the military of major nations, including by 2005 roles as combat pilots. The new combat roles were highly controversial for many reasons including differences in physical capabilities of the sexes  and issues of gender identity for both women and men.
- History of women in the military
- Women in warfare and the military in the ancient era
- Women in warfare and the military in the medieval era
- Women in warfare and the military in the early modern era
- Timeline of women in early modern warfare
- Women in warfare and the military (1750–1799)
- Women in warfare and the military in the 19th century
- Timeline of women in 19th century warfare
- Women in warfare and the military (1900–1939)
- Women in warfare and the military (1945–1999)
World War I
- Women's roles in the World Wars
- Women in the First World War
- Home front during World War I
- Australian women during World War I
- Belgium in World War I
- British home front during the First World War
- Canadian women during the World Wars
- History of Germany during World War I
- United States home front during World War I
World War II
- Women's roles in the World Wars
21st century conflicts
- Women in the military by country
- Women in the military in the Americas
- Women in the military in Europe
- Women in warfare and the military (2000–present)
- Women in combat
- Women in the military
- Brad Knickerbocker (January 4, 2014). "Just three pull-ups: Too many for women in the Marine Corps?". CS Monitor. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
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- Jones, David. Women Warriors: A History (Brassey's, 1997)
- Pennington, Reina. Amazons to Fighter Pilots: A Biographical Dictionary of Military Women (2003).
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