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Women in Military

About This Series

It’s our honor to support the brave women who serve in the armed forces through the curation of resources, development of blog posts, and production of webinars and podcasts celebrating women in the military.

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Women in the Military: Special Contributions and Unique Challenges

Women have made and continue to make special contributions to the military, however they also face unique challenges as service members. This webinar discusses those contributions as well as some of the challenges they face.

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Warrior Wellness: Mental Health and Women in the U.S. Military

Women play a pivotal role in military operations, and their experiences and responses may differ from their male counterparts. This webinar looks at how mental health manifests differently for women, in particular women in the military.

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Podcast Episodes

Fighting for their Right to Fight: Women in the U.S. Military

In this episode, Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee shares about her book, “A Few Good Women: America’s Military Women from World War I to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan”.

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Dual-Military Couples and Women in the Military: Balancing Career & Family

In this episode, our conversation centers on the topic of dual-military couples and, in particular, women’s experiences in the military workplace. Our dialogue concludes with David sharing promising strategies and resources for military family service professionals in support of dual-military families as well as women in the military.

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Lending a Hand to Women Veterans as They Transition from Military to Civilian Life

In this Let’s Talk Transitions! Podcast, Jennifer Rea chats with Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas, U.S. Marine veteran officer and behavioral health researcher. Kate shares her personal experience of the challenges she had when transitioning from the active duty component to civilian life.

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More from the Blog


Ensuring a Successful Transition from Military to Civilian Life for Women Veterans

by Jennifer K. Rea, PhD. “We join on the premise to be part of a brotherhood and then struggle to fit in. When we leave, we no longer struggle to fit in anymore. ‘I’m going to say goodbye to that chapter of my life.’ It’s unfortunate, but I think that’s…

Supporting the Unique Mental Health Needs of Military Women

By Jennifer K. Rea, Ph.D. Mental health is an essential and critical component of an individual’s overall health and well-being. As the World Health Organization (WHO) states: “mental health is more than just the absence of mental disorders or disabilities.” They further allude that: "Mental health is a state of…

Five Take-Aways from Warrior Wellness: Mental Health and Women in the US Military

By: Karen Shirer, Ph.D., Women play a growing pivotal role in military operations, and their experiences often differ from their male counterparts. A recent webinar, Warrior Wellness: Mental Health and Women in the U.S. Military,  looked at how mental health concerns manifest differently for women, especially women in the military.…

Supporting Women Who Serve

By: Karen Shirer, Ph.D. “Strong, brave, resilient” “Passionate women with families” “Sacrifice” “Patriotic” “Adapt to change” These statements reflect the responses from the 321 participants in the Women in the Military: Special Considerations and Unique Challenges webinar held in late March for Military Family Service Providers. As participants entered the…

The Battles They Fought: A Brief History of Women in the U.S. Military

By: Jennifer Rea, PhD "War holds many ironies and among them is the liberating effect upon women” - Doris Weatherford, Women’s History Scholar American women have served in the military for a long time and with much distinction. Their service (although prohibited at the time) first began during the Revolutionary…

Unique Challenges Faced by the Powerful Women Who Serve in the United States Military

by Jennifer Rea Today, over 210,000 women serve on Active Duty (AD) across the military services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force), and another 5,955 serve in the Active Coast Guard, according to the Defense Manpower Data Center. This number represents 16% of women in the total enlisted force…