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Saudi Women to Serve as Soldiers

February 28, 2018

February 27, 2018: Women are to be allowed to serve in Saudi Arabia’s armed forces for the first time after King Salman issued a raft of royal decrees to radically shake up the country’s military, deposing many commanders and chiefs from their posts.

The army’s chief of staff as well as the heads of the ground and air forces were replaced in a series of late-night decrees issued on Monday, state news said. Several political appointments were also announced, including the promotion of a woman, Tamadar bint Yousef al-Ramah, to the position of deputy minister of labour and social development.

Read more: Saudi Women to Serve as Soldiers (http://www.independent.co.uk)

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Sarah Zorn Finishes Tenure as First Female Commander at U.S. Military Academy, the Citadel

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May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019: The Citadel, the military academy which was forced to admit women after a 1995 Supreme Court ruling, selected it's first female regimental commander last year. Sarah Zorn's time as the first woman to lead 2,400 cadets is documented in a photo essay by Alyssa Schukar. Women now make up 10% of the student body.See more: I Serve as a Stepping Stone (nytimes.com)

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A Cultural Shift Is Helping Keep Talented Mothers in the U.S. Navy

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May 16, 2019

May 15, 2019: Lt. Cmdr. Karen Sankes-Ritland never imagined life outside the military.But more than a decade into her career, the strains of family life and a dual-military household were taking a toll. Something had to change. She needed a break. But she didn't want to leave the Navy. So after her fourth child's arrival in 2016, she took advantage of a program that lets enlisted sailors and officers take a sabbatical. For a year, she was a stay-at-home mom.

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Blue Helmets: Model for Global Partnership

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May 14, 2019

May 13, 2019: Retno LP Marsudi, Foreign Minister of Indonesia, delivered a speech touching upon the importance of female peacekeepers on May 7 at the United Nations Security Council. Minister Marsudi noted that "investing in women equals investing in peace. Female peacekeepers are more effective in winning the hearts and minds of local populations;providing comfort for those traumatized by conflicts.

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