“If Only I Shall Have the Right Stuff” : Utah Women in World War I
Utah and the Great War : The Beehive State and the World War I Experience
Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah Press. Copublished with the Utah State Historical Society.
"Women were not subject to the draft nor were they allowed to volun-teer for military service. However many women did volunteer for one or more of the thirty-five different kinds of work that were deemed appropriate for them. On a more informal basis, women also contrib-uted to the war effort in whatever way they could, demonstrating a loyalty and patriotism equal to that of soldiers sent to the front lines. A few women did reach the battlefront as volunteers with private organizations, which secured for them the necessary documents to enter the battle zone as nurses, ambulance drivers, or canteen work-ers. Miriam B. Murphy, a prominent women’s historian, examines the environment for women’s service during the war, introduces the reader to a number of remarkable women whose stories offer impor-tant insights into Utahns and the war experience, and concludes with an assessment of the impact their service had on postwar Utah and the nation. [Editor]