The challenge of warrior women: Gender, race, and militarism in media

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Introducing herself and the women who are the subjects of Women Serving in War, the documentary she narrates, Minnesota National Guard Medevac pilot Jennifer Merrill tells viewers, “I’m just a chick who flies … but these ladies, they’re the ones who laid the pathway for me … [They] went through a lot of grief and aggravation to allow us to follow in their footsteps” (Lamke & Halleen, 2014). In the United States, women such as these have had an official military presence since the establishment of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in World War II (Meyer, 1996). With the end of conscription in 1973, the number of female service members has risen steadily; as of 2010, 14% of enlisted service members and 16% of commissioned officers were women (Patten & Parker, 2011, p. 4). Tanya Biank noted that as 11% of the fighting forces experiencing regular deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, “today’s generation of servicewomen [has] more war service than either their fathers or grandfathers” (2014, p. 5). Yet, in policy, law, and custom women are still Other to the norm of military masculinity (Enloe, 2000; Sjoberg, 2014).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRace and Gender in Electronic Media
Subtitle of host publicationContent, Context, Culture
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781317266136
ISBN (Print)9781138640108
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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