The Social Origins of Female Combatants

TitleThe Social Origins of Female Combatants
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsThomas, Jakana L., and Reed M. Wood
JournalConflict Management and Peace Science
Date Published05/2018

In this article, the authors investigate the factors that lead some rebel organizations to deploy women in combat roles while others restrict women’s participation to non-combat roles or exclude them entirely. Their argument focuses on the influence of the scope and frequency of women’s prior participation in social, political, and economic activities on groups’ decisions to employ women in combat roles and women’s desire to pursue such roles when they are made available. The authors evaluate their hypotheses using a new dataset on women’s combat participation in rebel movements active from 1979 to 2009. The results provide support for the central hypothesis.

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