Segments in this Video

Women and the Army (03:18)


During the Middle Ages, camp followers provided support for troops. By 1642, women acted as spies. In the 19th century, Florence Nightingale changed perceptions about nurses; she reduced patient death rates at Crimean War hospitals.

Female Spies (04:34)

During the American Civil War, Dr. Mary Walker became a regimental surgeon and spy. Actress Pauline Cushman became a favorite of Union troops and gathered information; she was captured and court marshaled. After her release, Cushman toured with P.T. Barnum.

Mabel Stobart (04:02)

Stobart began the Women's Convoy Corps, helped found the Women's National Service League, and established a hospital in Belgium. After her capture and release, she established several hospital units around Serbia, commanded a medical convoy, and wrote about her experiences.

Elsie Inglis (02:48)

Inglis formed the Scottish Women's Hospital Committee. Inglis established a hospital in Royaumont Abbey and sent units to several countries. She campaigned to get the Serbian Army removed from Russia.

Edith Cavell (03:30)

In 1907, Cavell ran a nurses training school in Brussels. In 1914, she began harboring Allied soldiers and helped them return to their units. The Germans executed her in October 1915; propaganda postcards with her picture incited the public.

White Lady Network (05:56)

The resistance group monitored train activities and worked as couriers. In 1915, Mata Hari began taking money from the German Intelligence and later agreed to work for French Counterintelligence; she was executed in 1917.

Felicia Browne (03:08)

During the Spanish Civil War, Browne went to the front lines to paint and volunteer; leadership discouraged women from volunteering. Browne was shot and killed in August, 1936.

Special Operations Executive (05:01)

The British government organized female spies behind enemy lines. Daphne Park was as a codist. Pearl Witherington started as a courier and became an organizer. Odette Sansom was captured by the Gestapo and sent to a concentration camp.

Recording War Events (03:35)

Doris Zinkeisen painted scenes of the Red Cross at work; she was one of the first to enter Belsen. In 2003, Emily Young created an image for a women at war exhibition at the Imperial War Museum.

Post-War Conflicts (03:28)

War often makes male-dominated careers more accessible to women. A U.S. memorial commemorates the service of women in Korea and Vietnam.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (03:02)

Organizations outside direct government control provide medical services around the world. Jacqui Tong reflects on her time in Africa.

Chronicling Modern Conflicts (04:46)

Freelance Photographer Jenny Matthews documents all aspects of conflicts, including anti-war marches. She reflects on experiences in Afghanistan, photographing women, and females fighting.

Women and War (01:35)

In the 21st century, women are firmly on the front lines of war. Technology expands roles in intelligence gathering. Myths surround stories of some women as spies and nurses.

Credits: Spies and Angels (00:29)

Credits: Spies and Angels

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Spies and Angels

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What "acceptable" roles have women taken in war that have still put them in the thick of the action? The ultimately tragic spy Mata Hari was the archetypal "femme fatale" and the nun-like Florence Nightingale, the self-less field nurse. Or were they? In Spies and Angels we look at the contribution of both women and beyond these iconic figures to such formidable pioneers as medic Mabel Stobart; nurse Edith Cavell, who was executed in the Second World War for espionage; and Violette Szabo, whose story was told in the film Carve Her Name with Pride. We talk to those who served in the SOE and as medics in Saigon. Many have become heroines, all were women determined to find their role as the spies and angels of war - whatever the establishment thought.

Length: 51 minutes

Item#: BVL210795

ISBN: 978-1-64867-970-4

Copyright date: ©2003

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