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Women in Combat

D-Day: 150,000 Men -- and One Woman

Martha Burk | Posted 06.06.2014 | Women
Martha Burk

Martha Gellhorn was the first woman -- landing upfront, and the only female journalist with a brilliant first-hand story of the invasion.

Military Moms of the Civil War

Erin Lindsay McCabe | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
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.

Veterans Talk About Women in Combat

Barbara Mujica | Posted 06.28.2014 | Women
Barbara Mujica

In 2013 women became eligible for the same combat opportunities as men in the armed services. President Obama has advocated vigorously for women in combat, and the goal is for the Armed Services to fully integrate women into all spheres by January 1, 2016.

Bad Ass American Women at War`

Erin Lindsay McCabe | Posted 05.18.2014 | Women
Erin Lindsay McCabe

This Women's History Month, it's worth remembering that women have served in the United States military since its very inception -- and in nearly every conflict thereafter.

Survey Reveals Statistics On Women In Combat

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

FORT EUSTIS, Va. (AP) — Only a small fraction of Army women say they'd like to move into one of the newly opening combat jobs, but those few who do ...

This May Help Military Keep Women In The Ranks

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — Navy Cmdr. Valerie Overstreet wanted to start a family. But her job as a Navy pilot and the fact that she and her husband,...

Marines Delay Female Fitness Plan After Half Fail

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half of female Marines in boot camp can't do three pullups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with t...

Army PR Strategist Steps Down After Wanting 'Average-Looking' Female Soldiers In Ads

AP | JOHN MILBURN | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Pentagon officials said Friday that an Army colonel who wrote an internal email suggesting photos of attractive women should be ...

Molly O'Toole

When Your Job In War Is To Save Soldiers' Lives, You Never Really Come Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact

This article is part of a special Huffington Post series, "Invisible Casualties," in which we spotlight suicide-prevention efforts within the military...

Molly O'Toole

Pentagon Officials On Sexual Assault: 'We Are Facing A Societal Problem'

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics

As Congress debates the latest National Defense Authorization Act amid rancor over how to best combat the military sexual assault crisis, the Pentagon...

Molly O'Toole

The Next Barrier To Fall For Women In Combat

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics

Women may begin to train in some of the most elite units of the U.S. military under plans announced Tuesday, in another step forward following the Pen...

Allen West Unleashes Sexist Rant, Wants To Keep Women Out Of Combat

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics

Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) believes women have no place in elite military units, he said Tuesday in a Facebook post accusing President Barack Oba...

A Huge Step For Women In The Military

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.18.2013 | Women

Thirty-three years after the first women graduated from West Point and almost a full year since the introduction of body-specific armor for female sol...

Women Will Be Placed In More Combat Jobs According To Military Plans

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Women may be able to start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later under plans set to be announced by t...

Jessica Landeros: Changing the Face of Combat Leadership

Charles Garcia | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Charles Garcia

To honor Memorial Day, I reached out to Jessica Landeros who is currently writing her memoir, Unidentified Fighting Object: How One Woman Changed Combat, and How Combat Changed Her.

What Telling Our Truths Demands

Leila Levinson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

I am doing this so that the public can witness the trauma that follows war. Witness. Because this trauma is as much yours as it is ours. Witness and own it. Witnessing breaks the isolation trauma creates. Witnessing furthers the healing of individuals and of our society.

Something About This West Point Summit May Surprise You

Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton | Posted 06.15.2013 | Women
Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton

33 years after women first graduated West Point, we know what women can do. If the Army is ever to "be all that we can be," we need to stop marginalizing women.

Molly O'Toole

Tammy Duckworth Reflects On War That Changed Her Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

When images of joyous Iraqi voters with purple thumbs were broadcast around the world in January 2005, Tammy Duckworth watched with heartfelt tears fr...

Molly O'Toole

Senators Press Military Brass On Sexual Assaults, Justice System

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

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

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

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...

Pull Up and Lean In, Ladies!

Nell Merlino | Posted 04.30.2013 | Women
Nell Merlino

It appears that our ability to do pull-ups and to "lean in" to our careers are part of the next phase of the working women's movement.

More Boots on the Ground for Peace

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Whether as an active duty soldier in a distant land or as an educated citizen here at home, each of us has a vital role to play in ensuring our collective security.

Molly O'Toole

Ruth Moore Act of 2013 Highlights Military Sexual Assault Survivors' Struggle For Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

Ruth Moore's career in the military began like many others: at age 18, she joined the Navy, "eager to fight" for her country. But two and a half month...

Most Voters Support Allowing Women In Combat

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

A broad majority of voters favor allowing women to serve in combat, according to a poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University. The poll found ...

Obama's Invitation to Activism

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 04.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

There are no perfect allies, and the pace of change can be frustrating. But it only makes sense to show respect to people who have helped you and whom you're asking to do more. Smart political activism is not therapy. It is work.