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Tanya L. Roth <email@example.com>
Washington University in St. Louis
Dissertation Abstract: “Battling for Equality: Sexual Integration in the U.S. Military, 1945-1978”
In 1948, the United States Congress passed legislation that created a pivotal transition for the nation’s military. Public Law 80-625, The Women’s Armed Services Integration Act of 1948, admitted women to the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps permanently. According to this legislation, women could serve in the regular and reserve components of these branches, and women would receive the same pay as servicemen of the same rank. Even more, this new law affirmed that American women, as citizens, should have the same privilege as men to participate in national defense. While Public Law 80-625 created new possibilities for women’s relationship to the state, the law also initiated debates over women’s citizenship obligations and social and economic roles. Fundamentally, the military’s move to integrate women into national defense would become a process that simultaneously challenged and upheld how Americans defined women’s citizenship, labor, and gender roles while slowly helping to expand women’s equality.
|H-Net Positions:||Former H-Net Council
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-Grad
Former List Editor for H-Grad
List Editor for H-Minerva
Former Reviewer for H-Histsex
Reviewer for H-Minerva
Former Web Editor for H-Grad
|Interests:||American History / Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
World History / Studies
Completing PhD in history from Washington University-St. Louis in May 2011. List/web editor for H-Grad since 2007 and list editor for H-Minerva since 2009. Member of H-Net Council, 2011-2014.
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