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interviews

Women At War

by frank news
April 8, 2019

Below, a preview of our interview with Dr. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie.

Read the full interview in full here!

You have this book saying “hey, this is important”,  but do you think it also takes more external pressure for women’s issues to be taken seriously?

Absolutely. So the book you're referring to Women At War is an attempt to gather everything we know about women at the time of the publication and put it together in one place. But simply having a book doesn't mean that that information is going to translate. To the military's credit they've had a lot of interest in women's health issues, and prior to 9/11 we had a very active group that looked at women's health issues and made recommendations. But then 9/11 happened, we went to war in Afghanistan and then in Iraq, and people got really, really busy. And these issues were sort of pushed to the side. Now with women being allowed in combat units there's more of a resurgence in interest in this information.

How can you make female soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines be successful?

They have been successful in the past but they've been successful despite nobody paying attention to these issues. Now, how can you optimize their success?