Date of Award

Fall 12-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Dr. Mary Corey


The word “history” has been defined as events in the past that were written down or recorded. It has been men (“his,” “story”) who usually have been the ones to record the written past. What about women? Should an event in the past that was written down be called “herstory?” The most interesting part of history, to me at least, has been the study of World War II. Throughout all of my course work in high school, undergraduate, and even graduate work, men have claimed most of the honors for their efforts in winning the war. What about the women? It was that question that guided and influenced me in finding out about the roles and jobs of women during World War II. The interest of interviewing women who lived during the war, did their part for the war effort, and hearing their story was my second goal for this research. Also, another goal was to be able to find and create tools that other teachers can use in teaching students just how important women were in winning the war. The hope of this research is that it will influence many teachers to really tell the entire story about World War II. The story about men and women and how they both did their part, and helped the United States defeat the Axis Powers.