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University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Marian Moser Jones (Project Director: September 2015 to November 2017)

Dialogues on the Experience of War
Education Programs

$82,693 (approved)
$68,759 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 7/31/2017

One Hundred Years of American Women in Uniform

Four fifteen-member discussion groups for veterans, to be held at University of Maryland, College Park and the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC on the experiences of female veterans in World War I and the current Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Our program will engage veteran-participants in reflecting upon on the experiences of female veterans in World War I and in OIF/OEF – the recent Iraq and Afghanistan was. These two conflicts have bracketed a century of American women’s participation in war. World War I, which sparked seismic social changes still being felt today, marked the official entry of women into the U.S. Armed Forces. OIF and OEF have involved women warriors in ways that would have been unthinkable a century ago. The contexts and consequences of these two conflicts also bear striking similarities, including large numbers of casualties from small explosives, swings in public opinion about the proper role of the U.S. in the conflict, and ambiguous outcomes. Such similarities make World War I and OIF/OEF particularly suitable for comparative discussion. Our program, to be held during four weekends and facilitated by student veteran discussion leaders who have undergone special training during a preparatory weekend