09/16/2013 09:02 am ET Updated Nov 16, 2013

Women Are Covering The Hell Out Of The Syria War -- So Why Haven't You Noticed


In a small hotel near the Turkish border with Syria earlier this year, four female journalists shared a bottle of wine and some tips on entering what has become the world's most dangerous war zone for reporters.
Two were going in, and the other two had just come out of Aleppo. Their tips ranged from the usual war correspondent fare -- safe roads and trusted translators -- to the specific concerns of women in war zones: Which areas had recently become more conservative and required wearing a hijab, or other head covering? Who among the Syrian rebel commanders was more welcoming of a female journalist embed? What was the rumor mill saying about the local mayor known for getting a bit too hands-on with female reporters in the past?