This addition to the Women and Society around the World series explores the roles, challenges, and accomplishments of women in the military in countries across the globe.
Around the world, millions of men serve in their countries' militaries, be it on land, on the seas, or in the air. But while many militaries have opened all positions to women, even those on the front lines, others remain closed. Countries have cited a number of reasons for their policies, changing views of women and the military, conscription, economic, and demographic trends.
Written by a professor of comparative politics at the United States Military Academy at West Point and an active duty army major, this book seeks to provide an understanding of women's roles in militaries around the world. The book is organized by region, exploring societal and cultural views of masculinity and war, as well as factors influencing changing views of women and the military, including conscription, economic, and demographic trends. Topics also include sexual harassment, recruitment, and views on women's physicality and strength. High school students, undergraduates, and general readers will find this cross-cultural study a fascinating and important resource.
Provides readers with an overview of women's role in militaries across the globe
Explores the integration of women into the combat arms in several countries
Provides historical background on the topic of women and the military in order to help readers better understand circumstances today
Offers interesting and insightful information in sidebars placed throughout the text to make the reader's experience more enriching
Provides readers with at-a-glance information of the history of women and the military around the world in a chronology
Illustrates and supports the text in photographs
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Ruth Margolies Beitler, PhD, is professor of comparative politics at the United States Military Academy, West Point. She is coauthor of Women's Roles in the Middle East and North Africa (Greenwood Press, 2010).
Sarah M. Gerstein is assistant professor of international relations at the United States Military Academy, West Point and is an active duty major in the United States Army.