Women’s Participation in Political Violence

TitleWomen’s Participation in Political Violence
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsReveron, Derek
Book TitleThe Oxford Handbook of U.S. National Security
PublisherOxford University Press

Women have a complicated relationship with violence. While they are affected by conflict disproportionately, they are also perpetrators and enablers of violence. These female militants are not rare nor are they aberrations. Countless women have contributed to wars fought from antiquity to the present. Yet, their impact on the security realm is often overlooked or underestimated. This oversight is consequential as it is impossible to truly understand international relations without considering women’s diverse contributions to global politics. This chapter examines female participation in the execution of political violence across time and space and discusses how gender diversity in conflicts across the world affects U.S. national security.