Proportionately, more female soldiers work in counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan than in other parts of the military. So what's behind the numbers, and how can the military best use women for those operations? We look at the military jobs women may be better at than their male counterparts with Army Reserve Maj. Paula Broadwell, researcher at the Center for Public Leadership; and retired Army Sgt. Genevieve Chase, founder of American Women Veterans.
“I think that men recognize the invaluable contributions women make. That’s not to dismiss the challenges that exist for women in the military. There’s still cases of rape and sexual harassment, but I think it comes down to educating men on the value of women in their units and then enforcing discipline and standards as far as their behavior.”
—Army Reserve Maj. Paula Broadwell, researcher at the Center for Public Leadership, on the increased roles for women in the U.S. military