Experiences of women at war: Servicewomen during WWII and in the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Conflict in Donbas

Olesya Khromeychuk

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Abstract

This paper examines women’s contribution to war and the perceptions of that contribution by comparing experiences of women in the Red Army during the Second World War and in the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the conflict in the Donbas region. Through comparative analysis, the paper argues that in both cases structural gender discrimination was ingrained in the military, which accepted women’s contribution to war in times of need, but treated that contribution as subsidiary, thereby distorting men’s and women’s experiences of warfare and facilitating the instrumentalized militarization of women.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-70
Number of pages13
JournalBaltic Worlds
Volume4
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2018

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