Helen Benedict is the author of ten books, including five novels, most recently The Edge of Eden. A professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, her latest nonfiction book was The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq (2009) and she wrote a related play, The Lonely Soldier Monologues, which was
performed in New York City in 2009, and will be again in February 2010. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Salon, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, In These Times, and many other publications, and in 2008 she won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for her work on the challenges faced by female troops.
Articles by Helen Benedict About Women and War
The Huffington Post: "Women Soldiers Finally Get the Attention They Deserve?" Aug. 19. 2009
The Nation: "The Plight of Women Soldiers." May 5, 2009
BBC News: "Women at War Face Sexual Violence." April 17, 2009
Columbia Magazine: "Betrayal in the Field." Spring 2009.
Huffington Post: "The Pentagon's Annual Report on Sexual Assualt in the Military, or, How to Lie with Statistics." March 20, 2009
Huffington Post: "Violent Veterans: The Big Picture." Jan 14, 2009
Ms. Magazine: "The Scandal of Military Rape." Fall, 2008
In These Times: "Why Soldiers Rape." Aug. 13, 2008.
The New York Times: "For Women Warriors, Deep Wounds, Little Care." May 26, 2008
Salon: "The Private War of Women Soldiers." March 3, 2007.
Articles about Helen's Book, The Lonely Soldier
Los Angeles Times: "'The Lonely Soldier' by Helen Benedict." May 13, 2009
Reuters: "Book tells of female U.S. soldiers raped by comrades." April 16, 2009
BBC: "Women at war face sexual violence." April 17, 2009.
Final Thoughts: Why Writing and Reading About War Matters
Mothers in the Military: Reconciling Being a Mother with Being a Soldier
Sexual Assault in the Military: A Nation's Shame
The Combat Ban: Female Soldiers Are Already in Combat
Introductions: Why I Had to Write About Women and War