I Served My Country and
Lost My Privacy

 

 

Carey D. Lohrenz
First Female F-14 Fighter Pilot
Huffington Post
May 14, 2012

 

Women have been flying military aircraft since 1942. The WASPs, or Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, ferried 12,650 fighter and bomber planes all over the US, Canada and overseas when needed. They also instructed Air Corps pilots and towed practice targets for combat pilots.

However, women were limited to noncombat roles.

Over the course of time, the nature of warfare has changed. Women have become an integral part of the armed forces.

The Persian Gulf War, in 1990-1991, demonstrated how integral women had become to U.S. airpower. Female pilots flew various helicopters, reconnaissance, refueling and supply aircraft deep into Iraqi airspace. They loaded weapons onto fighters and directed Air Force pilots from AWACS planes.

But the final frontier for female aviators was to fly the coveted combat fighter jets and bombers.

To read the full story at the Huffington Post, click here.

 

Telling the Truth and
Demanding Justice

 

 

Greg Jacobs
SWAN – Huffington Post
May 8, 2012

Today, more than 250 advocates, supporters, lawmakers, family members and survivors of sexual violence in the military will come to Washington, D.C., in a first-of-its-kind event that will inform, empower and move forward critical efforts to eliminate sexual violence within the military.

Truth and Justice, the 2012 Summit on Military Sexual Violence” is being presented by the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN). SWAN is a groundbreaking civil rights organization that focuses on the needs of service women and veterans. This innovative event will include remarks from several members of Congress, panel discussions from veteran survivors telling their own stories of resilience and reintegration, and military law and policy professionals discussing challenges and strategies for changing the culture and climate around the issue of sexual violence in the military.

To read the full story at the Huffington Post, click here.

Violence Against Women Act Prompts Partisan Debate Among Female Lawmakers

 

Jennifer Bendery
Huffington Post
April 25, 2012

The so-called “war on women” raged on in Congress Wednesday as female lawmakers in opposing parties clashed with each other in defense of the Violence Against Women Act, an otherwise bipartisan issue that has fallen prey to election-year fodder.

With the law’s expiration looming in September, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) told reporters at a press event that the best way to ensure its reauthorization is to pass the Senate Democratic plan. The proposal has 61 cosponsors — eight Republicans signed on, which means the bill has enough votes to overcome a Senate filibuster — and has previously passed the Senate with unanimous support. Since 1994, VAWA has provided funds to fight domestic violence and sexual assault, and has increased criminal penalties against perpetrators.

“There is no reason that it should be any different this time,” Murray said of the need for all lawmakers to get behind the Democratic bill.

To read the full article on the Huffington Post, click here.

 

Additional Reporting:

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

Violence Against Women Act Cannot Be a Victim to Politics, National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women,  April 25, 2012

Why We Must Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act Now, Huffington Post, April 26, 2012

Congress Focuses on Violence Against Women Act, The Washington Post, April 25, 2012

On Renewal of Violence Against Women Act, Senate Democrats Have Upper Hand, Christian Science Monitor, April 25, 2012

House GOP Comes Up With Election-Year Bill to Renew Violence Against Women Act, The Washington Post, April 25, 2012

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)

US Department of Justice – Office on Violence Against Women

 

Female Veterans Call for American Forces Network to Drop Rush Limbaugh

 

VoteVets.org
Press Release
March 05, 2012

The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets.org, is today releasing a statement from three female Iraq war veterans calling on Rush Limbaugh’s show to stop being broadcast by the American Forces Network (AFN). The veterans pointed to recent controversial statements made by Limbaugh about Sandra Fluke, and women who use birth control, calling them “sluts” and “prostitutes.” AFN is owned and operated by the Department of Defense, funded with taxpayer dollars, and accessible to troops serving overseas.

Miranda Norman (who is a VoteVets.org Senior Advisor), Kayla Williams, and Robin Eckstein, all Iraq War Veterans, and Katherine Scheirman, former chief of medical operations for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany said the following:

“Rush Limbaugh has a freedom of speech and can say what he wants, but in light of his horribly misogynistic comments, American Forces Radio should no longer give him a platform. Our entire military depends on troops respecting each other – women and men. There simply can be no place on military airwaves for sentiments that would undermine that respect. When many of our female troops use birth control, for Limbaugh to say they are “sluts” and “prostitutes” is beyond the pale. It isn’t just disrespectful to our women serving our country, but it’s language that goes against everything that makes our military work. Again, we swore to uphold our Constitution, including the freedom of speech, and would not take that away from anyone – even Limbaugh. But that does not mean AFN should broadcast him. In fact, it shouldn’t.”

Founded in 2006, and backed by over 100,000 members, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. VoteVets.org also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans’ interests in their day-to-day lives. VoteVets.org is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world – with force when necessary – to protect America. While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.

News Reporting:

Women Vets want Limbaugh off of AFN

Female Veterans Call For Military Radio Channel To Drop Rush Limbaugh After ‘Slut’ Remark

Eve Ensler Unveils
“One Billion Rising”

 

Marcia G. Yerman
Huffington Post
February 18, 2012

It hasn’t exactly been a stellar start to 2012 for American women. Rick Santorum’s theory that birth control is “harmful to women” would have Margaret Sanger spinning in her grave. Then there was Fox pundit Liz Trotta’s question to those who have been raped in the military, “What did you expect?” The landscape has appeared dismally pre-1970.

The bright spot was the immediate and visceral reaction from women on the Susan G. Komen vs. Planned Parenthood imbroglio. It showed that social media is very much a force for organizing — a point overlooked by Komen founder Nancy Brinker when she haughtily dismissed pushback as “Internet chatter.”

Grasping the power of social media — along with the need to decisively move forward — playwright, activist, and feminist Eve Ensler has revitalized the terrain with her announcement on February 14 outlining the launch of the ONE BILLION WOMEN initiative. The yearlong action will culminate on February 14th, 2013, the fifteenth anniversary of V-Day. The goal is to have one billion women and men “dancing, striking, rising” across borders to demonstrate their demand to end the global violence against women.

To read the full article at the Huffington Post click here.

To read more about One Billion Rising, click here.

Fox News’ Liz Trotta Doubles Down On Statements About Rape In The Military

 

Rebecca Shapiro
The Huffington Post
February 21, 2012

Fox News pundit Liz Trotta responded to the barrage of criticism that was unleashed after she made a series incendiary statements regarding rape in the military.

Trotta appeared on Fox News on Sunday. Fox News host Eric Shawn said Trotta “indicated that women who put their lives on the line for their country in close proximity to men are courting sexual assault. Some people understood [Trotta] to be saying that because of this, they are less deserving of protection from violent crime from their male counterparts, particularly because [she] criticize[s] the Pentagon’s sex abuse programs that are put in place to protect them.”

 

To read the full post at The Huffington Post, click here.

To view the Protect Our Defenders petition asking Fox News to fire Liz Trotta, click here.

Fox News’ Liz Trotta On Women Raped In Military:

 

‘What Did They Expect? These People Are In Close Contact’

 

Huffington Post
February 13, 2012

Fox News pundit Liz Trotta made a series of incendiary statements about rape in the military during a Sunday appearance on the network.

Trotta was reacting to news that the military will allow women to work closer to the front lines. Speaking to Fox News host Eric Shawn, she alleged that feminists wanted “to be warriors and victims at the same time.”

To watch and read the full story at the Huffington Post, click here.

 

Additional Reporting on Women Serving Closer to the Front Lines:

Military Women To Serve Closer To Front Lines, According To Pentagon Report

‘Men get emotional seeing women in harm’s way’: Santorum claims more female soldiers on front-line could compromise missions

Foreign Policy: Women On The Front Lines

Women In Combat: Inevitable?