The role of the military in women’s lives

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The military is a critical institutional influence on the life course. This chapter documents changes in American women’s ties to the military across cohorts, and explores how women’s direct and indirect connections to the military shape their lives, in general, and outcomes in later life, in particular. It documents historical trends in women’s military ties and involvement in war efforts, and considers how federal government benefits provided to military personnel and their family members contribute to women’s later-life well-being. These discussions reveal how women’s variable connections to the military, and the ways that military service directly and indirectly influences older women’s lives, are relatively neglected considerations in research on women’s aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Aging and the Social Sciences
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780128159705
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Life course
  • Linked lives
  • Military service
  • Policy
  • Veterans
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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