Women Veterans: Lifting the Veil of Invisibility

TitleWomen Veterans: Lifting the Veil of Invisibility
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsHarris, G. L. A., Finn R. Sumner, and M. C. Gonz√°lez-Prats
Number of Pages916
CityNew York

Women who fight in wars also have to fight for their right to do so. But what are the obstacles impeding their progress in achieving equal status as both active service members and as veterans? This book demonstrates the ways in which women service members experience a unique set of challenges when attempting to both honorably serve their country and reintegrate into civilian society following military service. These challenges include discrimination, staggering rates of suicide, and barriers to obtaining treatment for sexual trauma and other critical benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This book examines current service-related policies and gender in the military's hierarchical power structure. Here, a confluence of white male privilege and entitlement, the culture of domination, and the effeminization of the enemy manifest themselves as a backlash against women, calling into question a woman's agency and her very status as a citizen.

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