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33 Powerful Photos Of Military Women Serving Their Country

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 11.11.2015 | Home

"People don’t know: What is a female veteran? What does she look like? What does she bring to the table? What did we do over there?” That's how ve...

'Blame-The-Victim' Culture May Discourage Female Vets From Seeking Help For Trauma

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.12.2014 | Home

The increased public attention to the chronic underreporting of sexual assault in the U.S. military is shedding light on what might deter vulnerable ...

Women Invited To Apply To U.S. Army's Elite, All-Male Ranger School

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 09.17.2014 | Home

The U.S. Army has begun taking applications from female soldiers to be considered for enrollment into its grueling Ranger School, which previously was...

A Woman's Job: Kurdish Female Fighters on the Front Lines in Iraq

Anushay Hossain | Posted 11.03.2014 | Home
Anushay Hossain

Nothing could provide better poetic justice than ISIS's looming reality of facing the might of a female-fronted army on the ground as they battle it out for the soul of Iraq.

This Is What It's Really Like To Be A Woman In The U.S. Military

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.19.2014 | Home

In her new book Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War, author Helen Thorpe follows the lives of female soldiers, showing just h...

Women Veterans Look Toward Furthering Their Education

Barbara Mujica | Posted 10.15.2014 | Home
Barbara Mujica

America's two million female veterans are looking toward the future, and many are improving their employment opportunities by enrolling in courses. What issues do women veterans confront when they return to school?

Embroidered Portraits Of Female Soldiers Shed Light On Women's Roles In The Military

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.25.2014 | Home

"In my travels to Israel, I became deeply sympathetic to the plight of women conscripted into military service," explains artist Beth Scher, the paint...

Military Moms of the Civil War

Erin Lindsay McCabe | Posted 07.07.2014 | Home
Erin Lindsay McCabe

I was shocked when I learned that during the Civil War, over 200 women served as soldiers all while disguised as men. From the moment I learned of them, I have admired those women immensely. But once I gave birth to my son in 2011, I was struck by overwhelming respect and amazement for the six documented women who did all that and did it while pregnant.

She Went Into Battle: Female Soldiers in the U.S. Military

Erin Lindsay McCabe | Posted 04.27.2014 | Home
Erin Lindsay McCabe

What I really want is for women to be part of the story from the outset, and for the world to know that they've been there all along. It's been a long time coming, for women to openly serve, but it's also part of a deep-seated tradition in this country.

Women Who Fought for Love

Erin Lindsay McCabe | Posted 04.13.2014 | Home
Erin Lindsay McCabe

It surprises many people to learn that over 200 women disguised themselves as men and fought in the Civil War. While serving in the military certainly doesn't seem like a romantic honeymoon, several sets of newlyweds served together as soldiers.

'Ugly Women Are Perceived As Competent': Army PR Strategist

The Huffington Post | Laura Bassett | Posted 11.21.2013 | Home

The U.S. Army should only show "ugly" to "average looking" women soldiers in its photos if it wants to send the right message to the public, an Army c...

Inspiring Female Soldier Sets Guinness's Most Macabre World Record

Posted 09.23.2013 | Home

Early on Monday morning, 1st Lt. Ashley Sorensen of the 303rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainm...

POLITICO's Darren Samuelsohn Discusses Military Sexual Assault E

92nd Street Y | Posted 10.13.2013 | Home
92nd Street Y

As part of 92Y's ongoing partnership with, we spoke with Senior Policy Reporter Darren Samuelsohn at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D...

Why Are So Many Female Vets Homeless?

Heather Wood Rudúlph | Posted 07.31.2013 | Home
Heather Wood Rudúlph

Not all female veterans returning home have been assaulted or need an abortion or even have an injury. But they're winding up on the streets anyway. Being homeless is a tragedy for anyone, but it seems particularly harrowing for women.

Honoring America's Women in the Military

Marlo Thomas | Posted 07.24.2013 | Home
Marlo Thomas

When I was a child, the only women you were likely to encounter on the front lines of America's military didn't wear uniforms. Instead, they wore high heels, hose and sequins. That's because these women -- such as Lucille Ball, Lena Horne and the Rockettes -- were not among our soldiers but, instead, part of the U.S.O.

Molly O'Toole

Senators Press Military Brass On Sexual Assaults, Justice System | Molly O'Toole | Posted 03.13.2013 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Senators will press top-ranking members of the military Wednesday on widespread sexual assault in the armed services, demanding action t...

Molly O'Toole

Why Did Air Force Commander Trash Sexual Assault Conviction? Senators Set To Grill Military Brass | Molly O'Toole | Posted 03.13.2013 | Home

Top Pentagon officials are taking to Capitol Hill this week as controversy continues to grow over the case of a lieutenant colonel whose conviction fo...

Oscar Nominee Kirby Dick Speaks Out About Raped Female Soldiers

Joshua Kors | Posted 04.23.2013 | Home
Joshua Kors

Kirby Dick spoke with me about The Invisible War's success, the courage of the soldiers who shared their stories, and what it will take to make sure these victims are no longer invisible to the press, the public and those in power.

Why You Should Show Our Female Vets Some Love

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 04.17.2013 | Home
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

In February, we're told that our minds should revolve around foil-wrapped chocolates, bouquets of flowers and celebrating how much our loved ones mean to us. But we should also remember the military women struggling to return to their civilian lives as mothers, wives and friends.

LOOK: A Look At Countries Where Women Are In Combat

The Associated Press | ROBERT H. REID | Posted 01.25.2013 | Home

From France's Joan of Arc, to female resistance fighters of World War II and the black-clad women warriors of the Viet Cong, popular history is filled...

Molly O'Toole

Leon Panetta Removes 'Brass Ceiling,' Lifts Combat Exclusion | Molly O'Toole | Posted 01.24.2013 | Home

WASHINGTON -- The military services began racing Thursday to open jobs across the armed forces to women, a historic change that likely will put more w...

Molly O'Toole

Women Soldiers Win Equal Right To Fight | Molly O'Toole | Posted 01.24.2013 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is lifting the military ban on women in combat, allowing them to officially serve on the front lines f...

First Female Marines Take Combat Leadership Test

NPR | Posted 10.04.2012 | Home

Women in the U.S. military have been flying warplanes for years, and recently began serving in artillery and tank units. But they're still barred from...

The Day-To-Day Challenges Military Women Face

Time Battleland | Posted 07.17.2012 | Home

What are the experiences of women at war, and what to tell clinicians about how to help? I have been asked to write a textbook on this subject, so hav...

Zero Shades of Grey: The Invisible War Sheds Light on the Military's Ugliest Secret

Kristin McCracken | Posted 08.27.2012 | Home
Kristin McCracken

Kirby Dick's important new documentary unravels the truth about the prevalence of sexual assault in today's U.S. military -- and the institutional cover-ups that further denigrate the victims.