Role of women in organized opposition to the German occupiers of France and the Vichy
Regime during World War II. The French Resistance, in which women played an integral role,
consisted of various forms of opposition to Nazi and pro-Nazi rule in occupied and Vichy
France during World War II.
Resistance against the Nazis and their collaborators took many forms. Besides armed combat,
resisters collected and disseminated information and resistance-oriented news; they
protected and hid fugitives and downed Allied pilots; and they obtained and transported
messages, weapons, and news, planted explosives, assassinated Nazi officials, and provided
support and logistical services. Women from all social, religious, and political
affiliations became involved in the various activities of the resistance groups. These
women, like men, joined the resistance for various reasons including their patriotic or
political views, religious or ethical principles, or even due to a desire for adventure.