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Women in Military

Pentagon Says Uncovering the Truth About Military Sexual Violence Is Too Burdensome -- Huh?

Sandra Park | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Sandra Park

Doesn't the volume of documents only confirm the magnitude of sexual assault in the military? Why is the DoD opposing efforts to shed further light on military sexual violence, a necessary step to creating effective solutions?

First Women Move To Army Platoon Artillery Jobs

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over ta...

Why Do Black Women Have to Look Like White Women to Serve Their Country?

Ama Yawson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Ama Yawson

Given the fact that military men and women sacrifice so much, I believe that all members of the military regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation deserve to be honored and respected. Sadly, black women of the U.S. army are being severely dishonored and disrespected by Army Regulation 670-1.

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,...

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...

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.

Line-up of Women

Lindsey Mask | Posted 05.11.2013 | Women
Lindsey Mask

Across the globe, women are making their way in this world, step-by-step, supporting, leading and raising the next generation alongside the amazing men in their lives.

Female Purple Heart Winner Tells HuffPost Live: It's About Time

Posted 01.25.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

The Pentagon's policy of forbidding women in combat has ended with the order handed down by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta this week. The decision ...

Women Are Fit for Combat

Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton | Posted 03.27.2013 | Women
Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton

If we continue to pretend that women aren't in combat, and close some roles to them, we deny them the promotions that go to the men they fought next to. We perpetuate the myth that women aren't really warriors, which, in the military, means you are worth less.

REALITY CHECK: Women Already Serve In Dangerous Military Jobs

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

-- The Pentagon is knocking down old barriers to women serving in combat, but some already are in risky jobs. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's order,...

GOP Rep Fears Military Women's 'Nature' Could 'Impair' Missions

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

Freshman Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a former Army infantry officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, said on Tuesday that military women should not serve in fro...

Military Women In No Rush To Join Infantry

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If or when the Pentagon lets women become infantry troops – the country's front-line warfighters – how many women will want ...

U.S. Coast Guard Officer: "My Rape Could Have Been Prevented"

HuffPost Live | Posted 12.07.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Kori Cioca shared her frightening story on HuffPost Live Wednesday about being raped while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. In a conversation with hos...

PHOTOS: 'She's A WOW' Exhibition Celebrates Women In Uniform

Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 09.10.2012 | Chicago

While the men in uniform may have been the stars of the Allied victory in World War II, their female compatriots deserve some credit for their role, t...

Veteran Bikes to End Epidemic of Military Sexual Assault

Nancy Parrish | Posted 07.17.2012 | Impact
Nancy Parrish

Colleen, a mother of two and an Iraq war veteran, was raped at the now infamous Lackland Air Force Base by a superior officer in 2003 and assaulted the following year while on active duty. Colleen is riding for those who can't.

Pentagon Recommends Allowing Women To Serve Closer To Front Lines

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 04.09.2012 | Women

WASHINGTON — For the past decade women in the U.S. military have served, fought and died on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan. On Thursd...

Linda Cardellini Is a Soldier Who Comes Home in Return

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 04.08.2012 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

What's it like to come back to the U.S. when you're not only a soldier but a wife and mother? Return stars Linda Cardellini assuch a woman who faces the daunting challenge of coming home.

Laura Bassett

Bill To Restore Abortion Coverage To Military Rape Victims Bypassed In Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

Despite pervasive sexual assault in the U.S. military, women who become pregnant as a result of rape while serving in the military are denied abortion...

Andrea Stone

Watchdogs Say Conservative Anti-Gay Group Run With Little Oversight

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The leading opponent of repealing the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and a decades-long critic of expanded opportunities for ...

Laura Stampler

Divorce Rate For Women In Military Double That Of Men

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Stampler | Posted 06.12.2011 | Divorce

When naval officer Amanda Smith was deployed to Kuwait in August of 2009, her job was to find holes in existing military medical programs and fix them...

General Cucolo, Women at War, and Baby Makes Three

Trish Kinney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trish Kinney

If women can be punished and sent home, away from the duty that they promised to uphold in their military oath, because they become pregnant, then should they be sent overseas if they have small children, especially infants?

The Battlefield to the Domestic Front: A Note on Women's Equality Day

Marie Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marie Wilson

Today, women stand ready to serve, and in Iraq and Afghanistan, leaders placed their trust in women to lead. It is time we do the same at home.

DoD Shirks Congressional Oversight of Sexual Assault in the Military

Rep. Louise Slaughter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Louise Slaughter

It is unconscionable that women who are sexually assaulted while serving their country in the military should have to make the decision between confidentiality and justice.