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The Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library

U.S. History: Exploring Groups: How did WWII change America?: Women


Secondary Sources will have more specific information about Women in WWII.

  • Secondary source books written by scholars which present a new interpretation or thesis based upon a synthesis of primary sources, scholarly journal articles, and other secondary sources.
  • Sometimes there will be an entire book, sometimes you may have to assemble information from multiple monographs.
  • Secondary sources will usually have a bibliography of materials for further study, including primary sources, journal articles (which are also secondary sources), and books.



To ensure equitable access, all reserve materials are to be used only in the library for the duration of the project.


    • Books on reserve will be available to you in the Library Reading Room Your group may take these books to your workspace on the Library main floor.

    • Please return all your books to a library staff member either at the Circulation Desk or in the Reading Room before you leave the library at the end of class..

  • OUTSIDE OF CLASS TIME, you may come to the Circulation Desk and sign out up to 2 books at a time for use in the library only. When you return those books, you may sign out up to 2 additional books. (Note: the limit to the number of books is to ensure equitable availability of materials among the 5 sections of US History.)


Click on the heading links General books, Women, and Black / African American Women for more information on each book.


General books containing information on Women
  • Double Victory: Multicultural History of America in World War II / Ronald Takaki. D769 .T42  2 copies
  • The Homefront: America During World War II / Mark Jonathan Harris, Franklin D. Mitchell, Steven J. Schechter. E806 H64 1984 Contains Primary Sources 
  • Major Problems in American History, 1920-1945 / Ed. by Colin Gordon. E784 .M315 2011 Contains Primary Sources
  • Major Problems in the History of American Workers / Ed. by Eileen Boris and Nelson Lichtenstein. HD8066 .M34 2003 Contains Primary Sources
  • Major Problems in the History of World War II / Ed. by Mark Stoler and Melanie S. Gustafson. D743 .M246 2003 Contains Primary Sources
  • People's History of World War II / Ed. by Marc Favreau. D811 .A2 P46 2011 Contains Primary Sources
  • Wartime America: The World War II Home Front / John W. Jeffries. D769 .J44 2018



  • American Women and World War II / Doris Weatherford. D810.W7 W43 1990
  • American Working Women in World War II : A Brief History with Documents / Lynn Dumenil. D810.W7 D86 2020 Contains Primary Sources
  • America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines / Gail Collins. HQ1410 .C588 2003
  • Born for Liberty: A History of Women in America / Sara M. Evans. HQ1410 .E83
  • The Columbia Documentary History of American Women Since 1941 / ed. by Harriet Sigerman. HQ1420 .C65 2003 Contains Primary Sources
  • Crossing the Line: Women's Interracial Activism in South Carolina during and after World War II /  Cherisse Jones-Branch (an online ebook)
  • The Home Front and Beyond : American Women in the 1940s / Susan M. Hartmann. HQ1420 .H34 1982   2 copies
  • Major Problems in American Women's History: Documents and Essays / ed. by Mary Beth Norton, Ruth Ann Alexander. HQ1410 .M34 2003 Contains Primary Sources
  • Mobilizing Women for War : German and American Propaganda, 1939-1945 / Leila J. Rupp. D810.W7 R8 1978
  • A Mouthful of Rivets : Women at Work in World War II / Nancy Baker Wise & Christy Wise. HD6095 .W62 1994 Contains Primary Sources
  • No Small Courage: A History of Women in the United States / edited by Nancy Cott. HQ1410
    .N6 2000
  • Our Mothers' War : American Women at Home and at the Front during World War II / Emily Yellin. D810.W7 Y45 2004
  • Out to Work : A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States / Alice Kessler-Harris. HD6095 .K449 1982
  • Rosie and Mrs. America : Perceptions of Women in the 1930s and 1940s / Catherine Gourley. HQ1420 .G68 2008
  • Rosie the Riveter Revisited : Women, the War, and Social Change / Sherna Berger Gluck. HD6073.A452 U64 1987
  • Sisterhood of Spies : the Women of the OSS / Elizabeth P. McIntosh. D810.S7 M375 1998.
  • They Also Served : American Women in World War II / Olga Gruhzit-Hoyt. D810.W7 G67 1995
  • Those Wonderful Women in Their Flying Machines : the Unknown Heroines of World War II / Sally Van Wagenen Keil. D810.W7 K43 1979
  • Women and the American Labor Movement : From the First Trade Unions to the Present / Philip S. Foner. HD6079.2.U5 F652 1982
  • Women in Defense Work during World War II; an Analysis of the Labor Problem and Women's Rights / Chester W. Gregory. HD6095 .G73
  • Women in Industry World War II. D810.W7 W6 1992 Contains Primary Sources
  • Women Marines : the World War II Era / Peter A. Soderbergh. D769.369 .S63 1992
  • Women's Rights: People and Perspectives / Crista DeLuzio. HQ1236.5.U6 W6853 2010
  • Women's Magazines, 1940-1960 : Gender Roles and the Popular Press / ed. Nancy A. Walker. HQ1420 .W66 1998 Contains Primary Sources

Black / African American Women

  • Bitter Fruit : African American Women in World War II / ed. Maureen Honey. D810.N4 B4 1999 Contains Primary Sources
  • A Black Women's History of the United States / Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross. E185.86 .B475 2020
  • Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and the Family from Slavery to the Present / Jacqueline Jones. HD6057.5 U5 J66 1985
  • Major Problems in American Women's History / Ed. by Mary Beth Norton and Ruth M. Alexander. HQ1410 .M34 2003 Contains Primary Sources
  • To Serve My Country, To Serve My Race : The Story of the Only African American WACS Stationed Overseas During World War II / Brenda L. Moore. UB418.A47 M66 1996
Contains Primary Sources means this source contain Primary Sources.

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NoodleTools Tips for Citing Books / eBooks

PLEASE NOTE: Do not copy and paste complete citations from electronic sources. NoodleTools cannot generate footnotes from copied and pasted citations.


To cite a book, first choose the NoodleTools option that best describes where you found it:

  • Database = an electronic book found in a Taft Subscription Database such as ACLS Humanities E-book.
    • Choose Book.
    • You must provide the permanent URL for your source. Look for any of the following on the page: permalink, persistent link, stable link, durable link, "Get link",Cite, or Citable Link.
    • Choose the name of the database, using the pull-down menu under My library's databases.
    • Complete information about the book (author, title, publication place, publisher, and publication date).
  • Website = an electronic book found on the Internet using a search engine like Google.
    • Choose Book.
    • Copy and paste the URL for the book from your browser address bar. 
    • Enter author, title, publication place, publisher, and publication date. If there's an ISBN, search that number to get the information about the book.
  • Print or In Hand = a book in the Reserve collection behind the main desk or found upstairs in the Main collection.
    • Choose Book.
    • Using information in the book, enter author, title, publication place, publisher, and publication date.

Note: Print and electronic books can also be cited in NoodleTools using the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) . For a print book, look for the ISBN and associated barcode on the back cover or on the back side of the title page. If you don't find it, a library staff member can help. Books published before 1967 won't have an ISBN.

International Standard Book Number - Wikipedia

If you have any questions,  Mr. Padgett or Ms. Taylor are happy to help!