Sisters in Arms

Sisters in Arms

Female warriors from antiquity to the new millennium

General Military
  • Author: Julie Wheelwright
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 20 Feb 2020
  • Number of Pages: 320
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Shortlisted for the British Army Book of the Year 2021.

‘A long overdue assertion on the role of women on the battlefield. This book is going straight on my daughter's bookshelf.'
Dan Snow, historian, TV presenter and broadcaster

Sisters in Arms shows the many faces of women in combat - from the myths of the ancient world to the headline-grabbing conflicts of today - with a scrupulous attention to their different contexts, but a common compassion for their struggles and achievements.'
Boyd Tonkin, journalist and author

‘Wheelwright not only uncovers neglected female warriors, but she brings their temperaments, talents, fancies, and foibles to life.'
Professor Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck, University of London

Sisters in Arms
charts the evolution of women in combat, from the Scythian warriors who inspired the Amazonian myth, to the passing soldiers and sailors of the eighteenth century, and on to the re-emergence of women as official members of the armed forces in the twentieth century. Author Julie Wheelwright traces our fascination with these forgotten heroines, using their own words, including official documents, diaries, letters and memoirs, to bring their experiences vividly to life. She examines their contemporary legacy and the current role of women in the armed forces, while calling into question the enduring relationship between masculinity and combat.

Biographical Note

Dr Julie Wheelwright is a senior lecturer in the English department at City, University of London. She is the author of Amazons and Military Maids, The Fatal Lover: Mata Hari and the Myth of Women in Espionage, and a biography of her ancestor who was taken captive by indigenous people in 18th-century Maine, Esther: The Remarkable True Story of Esther Wheelwright. A former print and broadcast journalist whose career included producing and contributing to documentaries for BBC radio and television, Channel 4, and the History Channel in Canada, she has written widely on women in the intelligence services and in the military.


1: The Persistence of a Phenomenon
2: The Founding Myth of the Amazons
3: Enlisting
4: Life Among the Men
5: The Denouement
6: Back to Civvy Street
7: The Legacy
8: Daughters of Warriors
9: Komsomol Girls to Facebook Icons
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