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Women on the Front Lines

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167x120 image for tp120705women_on_the_front_lAbout 16 percent of America's military is now composed of women. In Iraq, more than 130 have been killed, more than 800 wounded. Since World War II, two women have won Silver Stars — one by clearing insurgents from two trenches with hand grenades and killing three more with her M4 rifle. But she was a military police officer acting in an emergency. America's female soldiers served on the front lines in Iraq, and they're doing the same thing in Afghanistan. No American women are assigned to combat. Anne Coughlin has filed a lawsuit to challenge that. A professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, she and some students started the Molly Pitcher Project. We hear about a dispute that's raging from the courts to the Pentagon to the Halls of Congress.

Credits

Guests:
Anne Coughlin - University of Virginia School of Law - @UVALaw, Anna Mulrine - Christian Science Monitor, Claire Russo - Council on Foreign Relations, Wilma Vaught - Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation

Host:
Warren Olney