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The Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library

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

Secondary Sources on Reserve for Women in WWII


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


  1. Use the links above to identify which books you would like to borrow.
  2. Ask Library Staff at the Circulation Desk for the specific books you would like to use.
  3. We will retrieve the books from the reserve shelves and sign them out to you.
  4. When you have finished using them or at the end of class, RETURN the books to a Library Staff Member.


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

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  PS
  • Major problems in American history, 1920-1945 / Ed. by Colin Gordon. E784 .M315 2011 PS
  • Major problems in the history of American workers / Ed. by Eileen Boris and Nelson Lichtenstein. HD8066 .M34 2003  PS
  • Major problems in the history of World War II / Ed. by Mark Stoler and Melanie S. Gustafson. D743 .M246 2003 PS
  • People's history of World War II / Ed. by Marc Favreau. D811 .A2 P46 2011  PS
  • 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 PS
  • 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 PS
  • 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 PS
  • 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 PS
  • 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 PS
  • 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 PS

Black / African American Women

  • Bitter fruit : African American women in World War II / ed. Maureen Honey. D810.N4 B4 1999 PS
  • 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 PS
  • 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

PS = contains primary source materials

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!