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It's Our Military Too: Women and the U.S Military
by Judith Stiehm
Temple University Press, 1996
Cloth: 978-1-56639-455-0 | Paper: 978-1-56639-456-7 | eISBN: 978-1-4399-0147-2
Library of Congress Classification UB418.W65I88 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 355/.0082


In the last twenty-five years the U.S. military has seen the abolition of women's separate corps, the appointment of women generals, and an unprecedented increase in the ratio of women to men. Also, women are now permitted to serve on combat planes and ships. Despite these developments, most civilians know very little about women in the military.

This collection includes unusual accounts by women on active duty, retired officers, women who have worked for the armed forces in a civilian capacity, and civilian academics. The book offers insights on a variety of pressing issues including minority women, lesbians, combat, the role of gender in weapons design, and the changing mission of the military.

Through personal accounts and commentaries, this book dispels many of the myths about women and the military and explores the reasons for the persistence of misconceptions in the face of increased female participation. This comprehensive effort will be of interest to anyone who wants to know the truth about women in the armed forces and will be a wake-up call to women who feel that the military is irrelevant to them.

Contributors: Rhonda Cornum, Virginia Solms, Billie Mitchell, Connie L. Reeves, Brenda L. Moore, Nina Richman-Loo, Rachel Weber, Lucinda Joy Peach, M. C. Devilbiss, Carol Burke, Susan Jeffords, Miriam Cooke.

Judith Hicks Stiehm is Visiting Professor, Peacekeeping Institute, U.S. Army War College, and Professor of Political Science, Florida International University.


    Part I: Voices and Facts
    1. Soldiering: The Enemy Doesn't Care If You're Female – Rhonda Cornum
    2. Duty, Honor, Country: If You're Straight – Virginia Solms
    3. The Creation of Army Officers and the Gender Lie: Betty Grable or Frankenstein? – Billie Mitchell
    4. Just the Facts, Ma'am – Judith Hicks Stiehm

    Part II: History and Issues
    5. The Military Woman's Vanguard: Nurses – Connie L. Reeves
    6. From Underrepresentation to Overrepresentation: African-American Women – Brenda L. Moore
    7. Gender and Weapons Design – Nina Richman-Loo and Rachel Weber
    8. Gender Ideology in the Ethics of Women in Combat – Lucinda Joy Peach
    9. To Fight, to Defend, and to Preserve the Peace: The Evolution of the U.S. Military and the Role of Women within It – M. C. Devilbiss

    Part III: Reflection and Speculation
    10. Pernicious Cohesion – Carol Burke
    11. Telling the War Story – Susan Jeffords
    12. Subverting the Gender and Military Paradigms – Miriam Cooke
    13. The Civilian Mind – Judith Hicks Stiehm

    About the Contributors


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