Women in the Line of Fire: What You Should Know about Women in the Military

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In 2004, Erin Solaro went to Iraq to study American servicewomen — what they were doing, how well they were doing it, how they were faring in combat. In 2005, she went to Afghanistan on the same mission. Having spent time embedded with combat troops and conducting stateside interviews with numerous analysts and veterans, Solaro is convinced that the time to drop all remaining restrictions on women's full equality under arms is now. The Army, the country, the women of America — ...
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In 2004, Erin Solaro went to Iraq to study American servicewomen — what they were doing, how well they were doing it, how they were faring in combat. In 2005, she went to Afghanistan on the same mission. Having spent time embedded with combat troops and conducting stateside interviews with numerous analysts and veterans, Solaro is convinced that the time to drop all remaining restrictions on women's full equality under arms is now. The Army, the country, the women of America — and of the world — need it.

Women in the Line of Fire details why this will not be an easy task. Although 15 percent of the military is female, the Army and Marines still resist acknowledging what is, in fact, already happening — women are fighting, and fighting well. For the Religious Right and the cultural conservatives, women in combat is a hot-button issue in their campaign to “take back the culture.” But for the young men and women on the lines, brought up in an America where equality between the sexes was never second guessed and where making up the rules as you go along comes with the territory, it's the new reality.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781580051743
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Pages: 411
  • Sales rank: 656,002
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 A knife under my pillow 29
Ch. 2 Choosing sides 53
Ch. 3 The lionesses of Iraq 75
Ch. 4 Afghanistan and the tragedy of biology 105
Ch. 5 Pretending to integrate the military 145
Ch. 6 Darkness before dawn 195
Ch. 7 Individuals being all they can ... and more 239
Ch. 8 A changing institution 291
Conclusion : civic feminism an the wars of the 21st century 339
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2007

    Thank you Erin for really opening my eyes!

    I really feel that the Marine Corps should put this on their required reading list! Women (and men) in all branches of service should read Erin's work. It really is opening up my eyes to a lot of issues about women and the military. Thank you Erin!

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