Combating the Military Sexual Assault Crisis Should Come Before Equality Under the Draft

A defense authorization bill which would require women to register for Selective Service is moving through Congress. But in a military landscape rife with sexual violence, this step toward women’s full equality under the law seems short-sighted and even irresponsible.

NEWSFLASH: Stayce Harris Could Make History as Air Force Lieutenant General

Major General Stayce Harris could be the first African-American woman to ever serve as Lieutenant General of the U.S. Air Force.

Does America’s National Security Need a Feminist Movement?

The presidential race has fueled raging debates around feminism and misogyny in America. The idea of a woman breaking this glass ceiling has inspired many, but also revealed deep generational fissures in how women view feminism today. In the national security space, the election could usher in the first female commander-in-chief. Yet, we may already […]

After Years of Exclusion, Women Can Finally Serve in All Military Roles

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that all military combat jobs will be opened up to women beginning next year, adding that “there will be no exceptions.” “Our force of the future must continue to benefit from the best people America has to offer,” Carter said at a press conference. “In the 21st century, that requires […]

Women in Combat? Let’s Reframe the Debate

Copyright, Reprinted with permission Defense Secretary Ash Carter is due to receive from his military leaders their recommendations on ending policies that exclude women from combat. His decision on the matter is expected by the end of the year. Public opinion of the policy has changed in recent years in response to women’s rights advocates […]

We Heart: The Military Moms in this Breastfeeding Photo

A recent Facebook photo of several military moms breastfeeding their babies in full camo gear went viral on social media this week, heightening the profile of active-duty mothers. Tara Ruby, who served in the Air Force from 1997 to 2001 and is now a photographer, envisioned the shoot when she learned that a new nursing room […]

NEWSFLASH: First Women Graduate Elite Combat School

On Friday, for the first time in history, two women will graduate from the United States Army Ranger School, outlasting 17 other women and 287 men to earn the distinguished honor. As students in this year’s first ever co-ed class, Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver endured 62 grueling days of intense physical and mental […]

Warrior Women: Breaking New Ground on the Battlefield

This Memorial Day, as we honor the United States servicemen and servicewomen killed in our country’s history, the debate surrounding women’s role in combat rages on. From World War I and II to Vietnam to the Persian Gulf War, women have demonstrated time and again their ability to hold their own on the battlefield. And […]

Kirsten Gillibrand: Taking On Military Sexual Assault, One Bill at a Time

This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. “We should all be able to agree our brave men and women in uniform deserve blind justice,” […]

Military Rape Report Card: Still Failing

The latest annual study on military sexual assault from the Department of Defense (DOD) shows that reports of such assault rose 8 percent since 2013. Perhaps even more striking, however, is that the incidence of retribution against those who report sex crimes is a stunning 62 percent. That means service members who came forward with […]