Why was the Vietnam Women’s Memorial added to the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial?

Read Diane Carlson Evans’ case study, which was originally published in Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, 3rd Edition, edited by Diana Mason and Judith K. Leavitt, published by W.B.Saunders Company.

When was the Vietnam Women’s Memorial dedicated?

November 11, 1993.

Where can I get statistics/demographics about the women who served in Vietnam?

Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.

How can I read more in depth about military women and the Vietnam experience?

Visit our Library and read the book, The Dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial: A Celebration of Patriotism and Courage, by Diane Carlson Evans, RN, a valuable resource for information about the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.

Where can I find audio/video/media productions about the Vietnam Women’s Memorial?

Our Bibliography includes films of interest.  Visit our Library, and also check out the many references listed at the end of the articles in Case Study and Women Who Served.

Where can I order a book about the women who served?

Visit our marketplace for available titles.

How can I get help with my research project/article/school paper/thesis/dissertation?
Visit our Library’s Bibliography and Case Study, as well as our related links.

Whom do I contact if I want to interview women who served in country in Vietnam or during the Vietnam era?

All requests for interviews should be sent via e-mail to vietnamwomensmemorial@easternnational.org. Please be as specific as possible. We do not have a database of veterans.

Are there other memorials in the Washington, D.C. area honoring women veterans?

Yes, the Military Women’s Memorial is located in Arlington National Cemetery. For more information, visit their website at https://womensmemorial.org/

Is there a place where I can listen to women veterans share their stories?

Every Memorial Day and Veterans Day women and other patriots share their stories at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. For more information, visit Our Stories.

Where can I find detailed information on the bronze monument that is the Vietnam Women’s Memorial?

Go to our The Memorial page under About us.

Where can I find information on the sculptor, Glenna Goodacre?


What are the copyright policies of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial?

The Vietnam Women’s Memorial honors all women who served their country during the Vietnam War and was dedicated in Washington, D.C. on Veterans Day, 1993 after a ten-year effort. Sculpted by New Mexico artist Glenna Goodacre, the Memorial is a moving tribute to these women.

When Congress passed the Copyright Act of 1976, the copyright to works of art – including the right to reproduce copies of the artwork – remained with the artist even after the work of art was sold, unlike the case with earlier memorials.

Congress also enacted the Commemorative Works act of 1986 to establish a procedure for the approval and construction of memorials on federal land in the nation’s capital. This Act requires that memorials be built with private funds and that ownership of the physical memorial itself be transferred to the United States. The Commemorative Works Act neither provided for a restriction on copyright ownership to such memorials nor did it require that the copyright be transferred to the United States along with the memorial. As a result, prominent Washington, D.C. national memorials dedicated after the new Copyright Act took effect in 1978 have retained copyright ownership (including the statue of the Three Servicemen at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; the Korean War Memorial; the Navy Memorial; and the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial) either in the name of the artist or in the name of the sponsor of the memorial. Glenna Goodacre transferred the copyright to the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project, Inc. (VWMP), which became the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, in 1993. WWMF dissolved and transferred all assets to Eastern National a nonprofit, 501c3, partner of the National Park Service.

Having created copyrights for memorials, Congress has recognized that the revenues from copyright licensing may be used to further the purposes of the memorial, both in terms of perpetual maintenance and improvements and for the non-profit educational purposes of its sponsors. But beyond an important source of licensing revenues is the ability of the copyright owner to maintain the integrity of the memorial by preventing its distortion or unscrupulous use.

It is only when commercial use of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial is proposed that Eastern National’s permission is required. The Vietnam Women’s Memorial belongs to all Americans and photographs and videos may be taken for personal enjoyment. Similarly, permission is not required for news reporting, although EN encourages the use of a proper copyright notice along with the story.

Eastern National reviews proposals to reproduce the Memorial for accuracy with regard to its name, history, objectives, and the nature of the proposed use. EN may request that a disclaimer be included in the product indicating that EN does not endorse or have any role in the creation of the product. Where commercial profit is involved, a licensing fee or other royalty arrangement may be required.

For more information please contact Vietnamwomensmemorial@easternnational.org

Those who use an artist’s work without permission are subject to substantial civil penalties, particularly where they deliberately infringe on the copyright.

How can I donate to and support the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, Inc (formerly the “Project”)?

Our Support page provides information on how you can donate to help continue our efforts to educate the country about the vital services provided by women during the Vietnam War.