Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

Noticing Women in the Military


I’m in Washington DC, so I see a lot of articles turn up in the newspapers about the military—this area probably has the most military in the country.  The articles might describe the VA problems, and go into many pages with interviews with veterans. Or it might describe the experiences of soldiers overseas, again with more interviews.

Women soldiers are rarely in these articles.

If women soldiers show up in an article, it’s about a specific woman’s issue—and usually a negative one, like sexual harassment, so the women is portrayed as a victim.

3 Myths about Women in Combat has this quote about military women:

While some have argued that America is not ready to lose women to war, the reality is we already have, with precious few Americans paying attention.

How can we pay attention when the media pretends like military women don’t exist?

1 Comment

  1. Sometimes their roles are even classified. (I recently saw a documentary about women pilots who tested early military aircraft…)

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