War-Torn Women Warriors: What are they like? Like you and me.

7 years ago

Nearly every culture associates men and masculinity with leadership, fighting for one’s rights, and even gun ownership. So what does it mean when women are warriors and heroes?

Women warriors?  The words fly in the face of typical descriptions of women who are often portrayed as relatively helpless and in need of a man or the government to survive. Women heroes? Hero isn’t quite the word usually used to describe brave, strong women.

Between cultural constraints and the media, the subtle but clear message about men and women has always been that only men can and should be aggressive, competitive and willing to fight for their values and beliefs. “Where does that leave women?” wondered author Laura Browder.

Browder found answers in the over fifty interviews and conversations she had with women combat veterans for her book, When Janey Comes Marching Home, with photographs by Sascha Pflaeging. In it Browder shines the light on our fighting women who currently serve in the U.S. military, or who have served, in Iraq and Afghanistan.

So what does woman warrior and hero “Janey” look like? Read more: http://tinyurl.com/VW-Honors

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