Our second group of writers will be blogging about Women and War. Journalists, experts, female soldiers and veterans share their experiences and discuss issues including women in combat, sexual assault in the military and inadequate benefits for female veterans. What do you think about women in the military? Share your thoughts, raise a question and join the conversation by leaving comments on the posts.
What I didn't expect was that my gender would be the single factor that I could never take for granted in the Marines. Before then, I'd never been told I couldn't do something because I was a woman. No one had ever questioned my ability, or insulted my intelligence. All of that changed in the Marines. read more »
I believe women have the same civic and human worth men do. Part of that worth is the right — and the responsibility — to bear arms in the common defense (of which military service is only one part). We — women — live here too, and we are equal in all things, not just the good things of civilization. read more »
I am not going to tell you the Army isn't without its flaws, but I am not going to be one of the Army's detractors. In the next few months on Regarding War, I will tell you about my experiences, which may or may not reflect other women's experiences. Some have had it harder. Some have been victims of sexual assault and abuse and of a system that, if they allow it, will set them to the side. That is not my story. read more »
I began writing about soldiers after attending a vigil for the war dead in March 2004, the first anniversary of the Iraq War. I and my daughter, who was then 12, stood with a motley crowd at Columbus Circle in New York, holding candles while we took turns reading the names of those who had been killed — first American soldiers, all 906 of them; then Iraqi civilians; children and grandmothers, babies and parents. read more »