As she did so
provocatively with military spouses in Army Wives, Tanya Biank
gives us the inside story of women in today’s military—their professional and
personal challenges from the combat zone to the home front.
Since 9/11, more than 240,000 women have fought in Iraq and
Afghanistan—more than 140 have died there, and they currently make up 14
percent of the total active-duty forces. Despite advances, today’s servicewomen
are constantly pressed to prove themselves, to overcome challenges men never
face, and to put the military mission ahead of all other aspects of their
lives, particularly marriage and motherhood. In this groundbreaking insider’s
look at the women defending our nation, Tanya Biank brings to light the real
issues—femininity, belonging to an old boys’ club, veiled discrimination,
dating, marriage problems, separation from children, questions about life
goals, career trajectories, and self-worth—that servicewomen are facing by
focusing on four individual stories.
Brigadier General Angela Salinas, the Marine Corps’ first
Hispanic female general, faces the challenge of commanding an all-male
institution. Second Lieutenant Bergan Flannigan finds herself on the front lines
in Afghanistan, serving in the same military police company as her husband. As
a marine drill instructor, Sergeant Amy Stokley demands the very best from the
recruits at Parris Island. And Major Candice O’Brien deals with deployment to
Afghanistan, with two young children and a strained marriage back home.
the story of these courageous trailblazers—their struggles, sacrifices, and
triumphs in the name of serving the country they love.
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