Last night, on Channel Thirteen, I saw a documentary called Lioness about women Iraq war veterans.  I was totally turned off by the title until I learned that “Lioness” is actually the Army term they use in Iraq and Afghanistan when they need units of women for particular tasks like body searching Muslim women, for example.

The main point of the film is that in the current wars, military women are serving in combat situations even though Congressional law prohibits women from combat – which means that women are serving in combat but not being trained for combat duty, nor are they being appropriately recognized for their combat experience.

I’m not sure when Lioness will air again in New York but the DVD is for sale for $20 (less than 2 tickets to a movie in the theater).

We’re currently planning a panel discussion here in conjunction with the In Our Own Words exhibit called Women Veterans: Citizen-Soldiers in Changing Times.  Women who served in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan will talk about their experiences:  Thursday, March 5, 2009, 6:30pm.

Let us know if you know women who served who would be interested in joining the panel.

Sady Sullivan

About Sady Sullivan

Sady Sullivan is Director of Oral History at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
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