While the British military opened all combat roles to women in 2018, did this equality on paper correspond to equality ‘on the ground’ for serving women?
The military chiefs have been keen to emphasise improving diversity but many women in the armed forces are reporting lack of inclusion- and ongoing sexism.
In this presentation Dr. Julie Wheelwright, author of Sisters in Arms: Female Warriors from Antiquity to the New Millennium, will discuss Lt Colonel (rtd) Diane Allen's campaign to have Military Sexual Trauma recognised.
She will speak about the testimony from serving women’s experiences that Allen presented before the House of Commons Defence Select Committee Women in the Armed Force (2021).
Dr Wheelwright will provide context for women’s active participation in the military, making links between the contemporary issues women face, and their historic roots, supporting Allen’s comments on what needs to change, and why.
Julie Wheelwright who has written extensively about women in conflict, is author of Sisters in Arms: Female Warriors from Antiquity to the New Millennium (2020) and is a senior course tutor on the MSt Creative Writing at the University of Oxford.
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