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Women in 21st Century Wars

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Roles of Women in 21st Century Wars




  • Megan Leavey


Spies and Espionage 


  • U.S. Army Cultural Support Teams
Nurses and Medicine 
Workers and Owners 

Political Activists 


Sci/Tech Pathfinders



CROSS-LINK: AP U.S. History: Post Cold War American Foreign Policy



 WATCH: U.S. Women at Arms: Beyond the Wire. New York Times. August 17, 2009.




external image 500px-Hebrew_timeline.svg.pngREAD: Women in the Army Timeline. U.S. Army Center of Military History. 2024.


This timeline highlights different female service members' experience of the military across the liberalization of women's participation.




LISTEN: Military Culture Shift. Corie Weathers on Women of the Military. January 30th, 2024.


Roles of Female Marine's Video From Marine Recruitment



Interview with Women Working Combat Roles for the Marines (2019)



Persian Gulf War (1990-91)


Although they were barred from combat roles, nearly 40,000 women were deployed during the Persian Gulf War. Click here to read about it.


Ukrainian Women Fight for Their Country's Future

Over 60,000 women currently fighting in the Ukrainian Military today... Read more below



Women Deployed to Iraq (2000s)


Megan Leavey (born October 28, 1983) is a former United States Marine Corps corporal who served as a Military PoliceK9 handler.

Afterwards, she attended and completed the Military Police school in San Antonio, Texas where she joined the K-9 program and was paired with a military working dog named "Rex" (E168) in October 2004.[2] Leavey was stationed next at Camp Pendleton, California, assigned as a military police dog handler with the 2nd Military Police Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD).

The pair served two deployments in Iraq together, first to Fallujah in May 2005, and then to Ramadi in May 2006, where she and the German Shepherd were both wounded the following September by an improvised explosive device (IED) while she and her dog were leading a U.S. Army patrol down a street.[3][1] Leavey was awarded the Purple Heart.


Women in Combat Roles (2013-)


Women were finally allowed to fully serve in combat roles in 2013. Click here to read about it.



Books about Women in Combat

Undaunted: Since 9/11, more than 240,000 women have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan—more than 140 have died there, and they currently make up fourteen percent of the total active-duty forces. Despite advances, today’s servicewomen are constantly pressed to prove themselves, to overcome challenges men never face, and to put the military mission ahead of all other aspects of their lives, particularly marriage and motherhood. In this groundbreaking, insider’s look at the women defending our nation, Tanya Biank brings to light the real issues—of femininity, belonging to an old boys’ club, veiled discrimination, dating, marriage problems, separation from children, questions about life goals, career trajectories, and self-worth—that servicewomen are facing by focusing on four individual stories.




Ashley’s War :In 2010, the Army created Cultural Support Teams, a secret pilot program to insert women alongside Special Operations soldiers battling in Afghanistan. The Army reasoned that women could play a unique role on Special Ops teams: accompanying their male colleagues on raids and, while those soldiers were searching for insurgents, questioning the mothers, sisters, daughters and wives living at the compound. Their presence had a calming effect on enemy households, but more importantly, the CSTs were able to search adult women for weapons and gather crucial intelligence. They could build relationships—woman to woman—in ways that male soldiers in an Islamic country never could



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