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Email: megan.mackenzie@sydney.edu.au or
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Book Summary
Women can’t fight. This assumption lies at the heart of the combat exclusion, a policy that was fiercely defended as essential to national security, despite evidence that women have been contributing to hostile operations now and throughout history. This book examines the role of women in the US military and the key arguments used to justify the combat exclusion, in the light of the decision to reverse the policy in 2013. Megan MacKenzie considers the historic role of the combat exclusion in shaping American military identity and debunks claims that the recent policy change signals a new era for women in the military. MacKenzie shows how women’s exclusion from combat reaffirms male supremacy in the military and sustains a key military myth, the myth of the band of brothers.

Bio: Megan MacKenzie a leading expert on gender, security and women in combat and 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, Australia 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.

Her first book Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security and Post-Conflict Development featured interviews with over 50 female soldiers in that country. Other publications include “Securitization and Desecuritization: Female Soldiers and “The Reconstruction of Women in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone,” in Security Studies and “Securitizing Sex? Towards a Theory of the Utility of Wartime Sexual Violence,” in the International Feminist Journal of Politics. For a full publication list click here.

3 thoughts on “Home”

  1. I just finished reading “Let Women Fight,” and had a couple of questions. First of all, who are you, without any combat experience yourself, to push for a policy that you yourself have no expertise in besides case studies you’ve read from behind your desk. And second of all, do you look at your own website? I scrolled down and saw one of the most recent posts, “War rape is not on the decline.” How can you write an article about how strong, independent, and capable women are, yet on your website you have a post discussing women being taken advantage of. If women were just as strong and capable as men then why is this a problem? Shouldn’t they be helping themselves? I actually have many more problems with this idea of yours, that women should serve in combat roles. Unfortunately it would range a lot of writing to express all of this frustration.

  2. Can you explain your opinion on how selective service would work if women were to be integrated into combat roles please?

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