war

A Buffer of Whores

Wartime prostitution is American as Uncle Sam and apple pie. Cristen and Caroline shares the hidden history of military STDs, government-sanctioned brothels, and the surveillance of civilian women to provide a "buffer of whores" to keep soldiers sexually satisfied.

Samurai Women

Did women samurai exist in ancient Japan? Cristen and Caroline uncover the truth about Japanese women warriors and how their uncommon backstories became the stuff of legend.

Did WW2 really help Rosie the Riveters?

World War II often is cited as a watershed moment for getting American women in the workplace. To commemorate D-Day, Cristen and Caroline reexamine whether the war really helped Rosie the Riveters climb career ladders.

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.

33 Real-Life Rosie the Riveters

In December 1941, the United States entered World War II, and the U.S. government soon after launched the "Rosie the Riveter" propaganda campaign encouraging women to pitch in with the war effort. Before the war began, women already comprised a quarter of the American workforce and eventually overtook a third of U.S. jobs by 1945. During that period 3 million women worked at war plants as the real-life Rosie the Riveters, building aircraft bombers, tanks, guns and even American flags for military activities. The Library of Congress has preserved photographs of these power-tool-wielding, manual-laboring ladies of World War II in its archives. This gallery of women workers showcases the diversity of jobs they fulfilled, as well as some of the finer details of female life in massive midcentury factories.

Veterans Affairs Struggling to Care for Female Soldiers

Last week, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledged that while female soldiers are officially banned from front-line combat, they're equally at-risk to physical and mental trauma in Iraq and Afghanistan as male soldiers. In a speech to the U.S. Institute of Peace, Mullen said: "The war can grab you anywhere [...]this will be the first generation of veterans where large segments of women returning will have been exposed to some form of combat."