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Over the last twenty-five years, the United States military has seen the abolition of a separate corps for women, the appointment of women serving as general officers and an unprecedented increase in the ratio of women to men.
Women are now permitted to serve on combat planes and ships, still, despite these developments, the majority of the population knows very little about women in the military, particularly those who serve in the non-commissioned officer ranks.
The “Unspoken Warriors” documentary which features oral histories of 10 U.S. Air Force female Chief Master Sergeants (CMSgts) between 1980 and 2010. The discussion focuses on the diverse roles and impact of women in military leadership career fields before and during the War on Terrorism, Desert Storm, Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). Findings focus on resiliency, equal opportunity and the dramatic technological, social, cultural and military policy changes in military service for women.
Study partners included the U.S. Air Force Archives and the National Women in Military Service Memorial and Foundation. The project materials is housed in the permanent collection of the Women in Military Service Memorial and the U.S. Air Force Archives.