Women Heroes of World War I brings to life the brave exploits of 16 women from around the world who served their countries at a time when most of them didn’t even have the right to vote. Readers meet 17-year-old Frenchwoman Emilienne Moreau, who assisted the Allies as a guide and set up a first-aid post in her home; Russian peasant Maria Bochkareva, who joined the Imperial Russian Army, was twice wounded in battle and decorated for bravery, and created and led the all-women combat unit the Women’s Battalion of Death; and American journalist Madeleine Zabriskie Doty, who risked her life to travel twice to Germany during the war. Resented, watched, and pursued by spies, she was determined to report back the truth. These and other suspense-filled stories of daring girls and women from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, Belgium, Romania, and Australia are told through the use of engaging narrative, dialogue, direct quotes, and document and diary excerpts. Introductory material opens each section to provide solid historical context, and each profile includes informative sidebars and “Learn More” lists of relevant books and websites, making this a fabulous resource for students, teachers, parents, libraries, and homeschoolers.
Kathryn J. Atwood is the author of Women Heroes of World War II and editor of Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent. She has contributed to War, Literature, and the Arts, PopMatters.com, Midwest Book Review, and Women’s Independent Press. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago.