Women have provided great service to the military, from the WASP pilots in WWII to the nurses in Korea and Vietnam, and now in Iraq. But unlike most of the men, women also face another threat- the constant threat of harrassment and sexual assault. And they often face these challenges without strong support systems. Despite the added dangers, women continue to serve. Although they often do not receive the same respect as their male counterparts.
This also shines the light once again on the Lavena Johnson case. The Amy Goodman piece just adds creedence to the Lavena Johnson case and to my earlier comments. It also adds to the urgency of the situation- why this story must get national attention.
These incidents occur more often than the military would like to admit. These problems are often swept under the rug. But the issues cannot be dealt with if they are not brought out into the open. This is one of the many reasons why the Lavena Johnson case is so important. Exposing this case & others, may bring to light a wider problem and could help other women avoid the same dangers.
The sacrifice of Captain Jennifer Harris
The sacrifice of Major Tammy Duckworth
Duckworth, an Army pilot who became well known during the early days of the Iraq war, was later shot down and seriously injured. Her early notoriety made the story of her injury even bigger, and the spotlight grew during her recovery. She later ran for the U.S. Congress.
March is National Women's History Month