Friday, November 14, 2008

Lioness ... and Other Remarkable Women

Perhaps you saw the full-length documentary "Lioness" this week on public television. It tells the story of a group of female Army support soldiers who unintentionally became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. Without sufficient training, these young women ended up fighting in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq war. Their candid narratives describing their experiences in Iraq and scenes from their lives back home form a portrait of the emotional and psychological effects of war from a female point of view.

The directors of "Lioness" produced a video op-ed piece for The New York Times, arguing that it's time for U.S. legislators to acknowledge female warriors and properly train and equip them for battle.

Look for it here on KobreGuide:

There's a disconnect between what U.S. policy says female soldiers can do and the fighting they are actually doing, so they're not getting the training they need.

Other KobreGuide video reports on remarkable women this week:

In northern British Columbia, a self-trained biologist is battling fish farms in hopes of saving the orca whale population.

The artist found fame at 21 by designing the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Look at what she is creating now.

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