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October 08, 2009


Nancy Youssef

Sahar: I really enjoyed this blog. It was thoughtful, and I felt like I was talking to the women with you. I am particularly interested in this topic. I think it is worth noting that in many Western countries, women were introduced into the military out of necessity, often in the midst of battle. And as of now, it is clear the Iraqi military and population does not feel the immediate need, as your blog so beautifully captures.

Thanks again for a great posting.


It's tough changing this way of thinking. It's been over 100 years here in the US since women really started trying to publicly live their lives as individuals and that attitude is still around. "Women do this, men do that and anyone who doesn't fit in is weird." Getting people to accept a woman doing a "man's job" is just the beginning. Then you get to the point where you have to convince men that it's helpful to all of us to just let people be people and if they want to spend more time doing things like taking care of their kids it's a good thing for all of us.

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