Fight Like a Girl: The Truth Behind How Female Marines Are Trained

TitleFight Like a Girl: The Truth Behind How Female Marines Are Trained
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsGermano, Kate, and Kelly Kennedy
Number of Pages304
PublisherPrometheus Books
CityNew York

Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Kate Germano, a combat veteran with twenty years of service, describes her professional battle against gender bias in the Marines and the lessons it holds for other arenas. One year after she took command of the Fourth Recruit Training Battalion, shooting qualifications of the women under her command equaled those of men, injuries had decreased, and unit morale had noticeably improved. Then she was fired. This is the story of Germano's struggle to achieve equality of performance and opportunity for female Marines against an entrenched male-dominated status quo. Germano charges that the men above her in the chain of command were too invested in perpetuating the subordinate role of women in the Corps to allow her to prove that the female Marine can be equal to her male counterpart. She notes that the Marine Corps continues to be the only service where men and women train separately in boot camp or basic training. Meanwhile, in the U.S. Army, women have already become Army Rangers and applied to be infantry officers.

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