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 […]

U.S. Military Generals Push for Women’s Inclusion in the Draft

Just one month since all military jobs, including combat roles, were opened to women, top U.S. military officials are pushing for women’s inclusion in the draft. Two Republican lawmakers, Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), have also introduced a bill to this effect, though they say it’s intended to provoke consideration in Congress of […]

Women in Combat? Let’s Reframe the Debate

Copyright, Truthout.org. 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 […]

U.S. Army Releases “Racially Biased” Hairstyle Regulations

Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs of the National Guard in Georgia has always plaited her hair into two twists around her head. She has been in the military for six years and has worn her hair natural (meaning no chemical treatments [perms] or hair extensions [weaves]) for four of those years. But according to the new hair-grooming […]

Another Sexual Assault Prevention Officer Accused of Sexual Assault

It’s obvious by now that in the U.S. military we’re not only dealing with an unacceptable environment that discourages people from reporting sexual assault, we’re dealing with a full-on culture of impunity. Pentagon officials last week announced that an Army sergeant in Fort Hood, Texas, who worked as a a sexual assault prevention and response coordinator is under investigation […]

Senate Hearing Brings Military Sexual Assault Out of the Shadows

Last week, the U.S. Senate held a subcommittee panel on sexual assault in the military, its first in over a decade. Three former service members testified before the panel about “a pervasive culture of harassment and danger in which victims had little or no redress.” The subcommittee’s hearing comes as senators expressed outrage over a […]