GI Jane:

women on the front line

Australia is one of only 15 nations in the world that allows female soldiers to serve in frontline combat roles. Why do so many countries keep women out of these positions and why do some nations make the decision to allow women to serve in combat? Megan will discuss some of the common arguments and myths associated with women and military duty - from physical standards to fears about menstruating women attracting sharks. She will also talk about recent developments, both within Australia and the United States, on women serving in direct combat, including two women who recently graduated from Ranger School in the US, and the current Australian Defense Force plan to integrate women. 




Megan MacKenzie is a leading expert on gender, security and women in combat and is the author of Beyond the Band of Brothers: the US Military and the Myth that Women Can’t Fight (June 2015). Megan is a Senior Lecturer of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and a former post-doctoral fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University.

6:30 PM @ The Forresters

* Entrance over 18


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