Moreover, A recent study by found two-thirds of women who reported an assault said they’d been retaliated against.
From the beginning, if you position yourself as someone who’s just as strong, just as fast, and just as capable as the men are, it’s not a problem.
When I was in Iraq, I was the only female out of 59 guys in the forward party.
Being a female in the Marines, you really have to pull your weight.
You get divided into two categories: the females who are weak and always need help from the males, or the strong females who stand shoulder to shoulder with them.
After she finished her stint in Iraq, Lyndsey Anderson walked into the financial aid office at the university where she’d returned to get her master's.
She remembers asking the loan officer about aid for veterans.
I’ve been doing a lot of veteran advocacy, and there would be times when people would come up to me and be like, "Oh, you’re so passionate! Little did I know, I couldn’t be a Navy SEAL because I'm a woman — that both pissed me off and inspired me.
So, I chose the next best thing for me, which was the Marine Corps, the most extreme thing I could legally do. I remember vividly one time during a training we were doing fireman’s carry.
" The recruiter looked at me kind of funny — I was in heels and a suit — and he was like, "Are you sure?
" I said, “Yes, I want to be in the Marines.” I was 22.
A recruiter told me “You’re a woman, you’re going to be in a hospital." My title, in the military, was healthcare specialist slash — slashes get you every time — combat medic. I got orders to Germany, and I thought all my dreams were coming true. A tour of Europe, work during the day, have weekends off, live the life, right? I was in Germany for a month and they were like, "You’re going to Iraq." When we went in, it was like the kids were waving. I don’t know, I think the two worst things were the explosions — and there’s a particular sound, when bullets smack on metal. I got into a protracted legal battle with the army after they refused to pay my student loans.