Changing Tides: Celebrating Women’s Valor on Veterans Day

10 Nov

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This Veterans Day, Americans will celebrate the sacrifice and heroism of those who served in uniform from World War I to the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of us will thank our brothers, fathers, uncles, and perhaps even grandfathers for their patriotism and military service. Far fewer Americans will extend their arms to salute the many women who have bravely defended our nation’s freedom.

Unfortunately, women veterans are largely invisible in our nation’s narrative. Images of Vietnam veterans and heroic Iraqi combat veterans pervade our national imagery and the bravery of World War II veterans is celebrated in docudramas, shaping our cultural understanding of who is and is not a veteran. When Americans think of veterans, they rarely think of women.

Women comprise 15 percent of Active Duty U.S. troops and nearly 19 percent of Reserve forces, and the number of women entering the military is steadily…

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