Many published analyses of US women in World War I rely on the same accounts, fail to connect accounts of women who served together, and provide little to no information on what happened to these women after the war. This blog is an attempt to provide and discuss neglected accounts by women who served in various roles in the war. It supplements the book In Their Own Words: American Women in World War I (Oconee Spirit Press, 2015), providing further details on U.S. women in the war. The blogger and the book’s editor is Elizabeth Foxwell, the Washington, DC-based editor at McFarland and Co., managing editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection, and editor of the McFarland Companions to Mystery Fiction series. She wrote her Georgetown master’s thesis on the World War II period of Testament of Youth‘s Vera Brittain, and her chapter on Testament of Youth appears in Women’s Life-Writing: Finding Voice, Building Community (Popular Press, 1997). Her grandfather, Samuel S. Foxwell, and great-uncle, William Becker, served in the US Army in World War I.
>>Listen to Foxwell talk about the DC-area women in In Their Own Words: American Women in World War I on WAMU’s Metro Connection.