Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

March-12-08

Woman Receives Military Honors for Tour in Afghanistan

Army Specialist Monica Lin Brown earned the prestigious Silver Star for saving the lives of her fellow soldiers in Afghanistan. Brown is a 19-year-old medic from Texas who used her body to shield wounded soldiers from mortars as she administered aid to them, according to the Associated Press.

She is the second woman to earn the Silver Star since World War II. Seven nurses in World Wars I and II received the award, the third highest in the military for bravery. In 2005, Sergeant Leigh Ann Hester was also awarded the Silver Star for her bravery in Iraq.

Brown told the Associated Press, "I was in kind of a robot-mode, did not think about much but getting the guys taken care of." She knew all five of the wounded soldiers.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Brown joined the army in 2006 with her brother to get a college education.

Women play an increasing role in combat in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, according to National Public Radio (NPR). Pentagon policy restricts women's participation on the front lines, but there are no real front lines in the current wars, giving women a bigger role in combat than ever before.

Media Resources: Associate Press 3/9/08; Houston Chronicle 03/09/08; NPR 10/03/07


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

10/24/2014 Thousands of Women in Iran Protest Acid Attacks in Wake of Religious Law - On Wednesday, thousands of Iranians in the historic city of Isfahan gathered to protest recent acid attacks on women. . . .
 
10/24/2014 Potential Ballot Measure in DC Would Raise Minimum Wage to $15 - Low-wage workers in Washington, DC might see a significant increase in their pay, thanks to national labor rights group Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC). This month, the DC Board of Elections approved language submitted by a local chapter of ROC to raise the minimum wage in the District to $15/hour by 2019. . . .
 
10/23/2014 All of Tennessee's Major Newspapers Have Urged Voters to Reject Anti-Abortion Amendment 1 - All four of Tennessee's major papers have spoken out to oppose Amendment 1, a dangerous anti-abortion measure that will be decided by voters this fall. . . .