Military Wives

Being married to the military comes with unique challenges, including deployment, frequent moves and stereotyping as a frivolous "Army wife." Cristen and Caroline examine what life is really like for military spouses, LGBT military families and female soldiers with civilian husbands.

Episode sources:

"2012 Demographics: Profile of the Military Community." U.S. Department of Defense.

"90% of Military Wives Jobless or Underemployed 'Not Acceptable'" by Erin Dooley. March 01, 2014. ABC News.

"Caught Between Military and Civilian Justice, a Battered Wife Waits and Waits for Help" by Jacob Seigel. April 21, 2014. The Daily Beast.

"Females in military struggle with high divorce rate" by Associated Press. March 08, 2011. USA Today.

"Initiatives to Combat Sexual Assault in the Military." U.S. Department of Defense.

"Lack of Care for Gay Military Families: Government Bureaucracy or Apathy?" by Stephen Peters. Nov. 20, 2012. Huffington Post.

"Male Military Spouses Cope With Added Challenges, Experts Says" by Elaine Sanchez. Aug. 03, 2011. U.S. Department of Defense.

"Male Military Spouses: Increasingly Common Yet Still Invisible" by Claire Gordon. Sept. 19, 2012. AOL Jobs.

"Military Spouse Employment Survey." Military Officers Association of America. 2014.

"Military wives: My life with defense cuts" by Jennifer Liberto. March 12, 2014. CNN Money.

"Mission Accomplished: Military Spouse Network Gets ABA, White House Attention" by Hollie Schwatz Temple. May 01, 2012. American Bar Association Journal.

"Questions and Answers About Military Families." Sloan Work and Family Research Network. Updated February 2009. Boston College.

"Spouses' Clubs: What Are They Good For?" by Jennifer McDonald. Military Spouse.

"Spouse Employment." National Military Family Association.

"What Military Spouses Know About Infidelity" by Alison Buckholtz. Nov. 14, 2012. Slate.

Academic insights:

"Military Spouses: Burdened and Alone" by Tabatha Renz. March 19, 2014. Policy Matters Journal.

"The Impact of Military Lifestyle Demands on Well-Being, Army, and Family Outcomes" by Lolita M. Burrell et al. October 2006. Armed Forces & Society.

Topics in this Podcast: war, female soldiers, best of 2014 workplace, Military