Making Contact

Making Contact – March 30, 2007

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Many Lines of Fire: Women at War

This week on Making Contact: The women serving and dying for the U.S. in Iraq – what are their experiences and points of view? Sarah Olson speaks with veterans about military power politics and the price paid by women seeking to serve their country.

Many Americans assume that women in the U.S. military are stationed far from
the fighting. While it¹s true they can¹t train for frontline combat
positions, the changing nature of the Iraq war has placed many women at the
center of the conflict. Yet the women serving and dying for the U.S. have
received very little attention. Who are they, why did they join and what are
their experiences and points of view?

On this edition, Sarah Olson speaks with veterans of the U.S. Army, Navy and
Marines, and to one active duty soldier who served for a year as an Army
journalist in Iraq. Each woman has a unique story, but all share an
understanding of the power politics of the U.S. military and the price that
is paid by women seeking to serve their county.

Learn More about this program at radioproject.org.

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