FROM BATAAN TO BENGHAZI: WOMEN IN WAR
Rockingham Library presents the program “From Bataan to Benghazi: Women in War, Honoring Women Who Have Served” in recognition of Women’s History Month.
Since the days of the goddess Athena, armed and shouting war cries, there have been female warriors. Still war is viewed as a masculine domain. Traditional images of women during wartime have typically portrayed patriotic women to be like Civil War nurses and caretakers, whom author Frank Moore dubbed Angels of Mercy at the time. “The story of war will never be fully or fairly written if the achievements of women in it are untold,” he said at a time when wives and mothers were sending their men to fight for the honor of the North or South. That is still true today because women have served in various ways in wartime ever since. This presentation by feminist writer, activist and author Elayne Clift will tell their stories and illuminate the many ways in which they have contributed.