The number of new female recruits has virtually doubled in the last two years. The SonntagsBlick newspaper reports that a record 250 women volunteered for service last year, up 35% from the previous year and practically double the 2015 numbers. “Interest in security issues among women has increased with the crises in Europe, in particular Ukraine,” Tibor Szvircsev Tresch, head of military sociology at the Zurich’s Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), told the newspaper.
A fabled, more than 100-year-old football rivalry played out at today's Army-Navy game where another story also came to the fore. A 20-year-old West Point cadet, Simone Askew, became the first African-American woman to lead the traditional march-on ceremony at the game. As first captain, Askew, who is also a Rhodes Scholar, led a roughly 4,400-member Corps of Cadets onto the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia prior to the 118th Army-Navy game today.
"North Korea is a traditional male-dominated society and traditional gender roles remain," says Juliette Morillot, author of North Korea in 100 questions, published in French. "Women are still seen ttukong unjeongsu, which literally translates as 'cooking pot lid drivers', and means that they should 'stay in the kitchen where they belong'."
“Right now, there are 10,000 women fighting life-or-death battles against ISIS for the liberation of women in the Middle East.” Among them is Hanna Bohman, a Canadian civilian who put her life on hold to join the fight. Her powerful story is being told in Fear Us Women, a new short documentary that offers “a most intimate look inside the brave female soldiers fighting one of the most dangerous wars on the planet”, and is now at the top of our must-see streaming list.
To date, more than 500 female soldiers have completed training to serve in infantry and armor jobs that only became opened to them in December 2015 when the Pentagon eliminated rules barring women from serving in certain military jobs, Lt. Gen. Thomas C. Seamands, the Army's chief of personnel, said during the Association of the U.S. Army's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.