TV Documentary Series Elevates Women's Work to Stop Warring
by Ariel Dougherty
September 22, 2011
"The finest minds have always underscored the peacemaking role of women," Nobel Peace Prize winner and Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev said decades ago.
Now a new five-part TV documentary series, Women, War & Peace, illustrates this sentiment. The series airs on public television in the U.S. in October and November. The five segments, created… MORE
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Women, War and Peace - by the Editors
Feminists and progressives ponder their roles in the longest period of war in U.S. history.
Gender Values: The Costs of War- by Susan Feiner
Astronomical expenditures steal from women’s jobs and choices. •Art by Elise Engler
A Feminist Looks at Masculine Rage and the Haditha Massacre - by Kathleen Barry
Only a cultural shift will stop unspeakable crimes in combat or at home. •Art by Grace Graupe-Pillard
Peace is a Human Right: Give Us Women Who Get It - by Cora Weiss
Stopping rape in war is not enough: stop warmaking. •Art by Patricia Dahlman
Photo Essay: Women and Girls in Conflict Zones - by Ann Jones
The Cruel Lie: Bombing To Liberate Women - by Debra Sweet
A heartbreaking and infuriating downward spiral for Afghan women. •Art by Anna Jurinich and Elise Engler
Finding Hope: Reweaving -- Then and Now - by Pam McAllister
Telling our stories of courage can keep our spirits alive. •Art by Regina Silvers
Books of Note: War and Peace - by The Feminist Press
Memoir, non-fiction, theater: authors expand world views with good reads.
War Resisters Inject Truth into Military Recruitment - by Eleanor J. Bader
School outreach exposes how promises evaporate for service members. •Art by Elise Engler
Next "Wave" Peace Activists Pour Feminism into the Mix - by Jean Stevens
Friends duck away, but some find gender in the anti-war frame. •Art by Janeil Engelstad and Rumiel Rothschild
Paradoxes of Women in Uniform Take Deep Listening - by Chris Lombardi
U.S. servicewomen face hostility but crack barriers. •Art by Coco Fusco
Violence Against Women Surges When War Is "Done" - by Yifat Susskind
Grassroots groups in Guatemala and Iraq try to roll back shameful gender damage. •Art by Julie Frankel
The Poet's Eye - From Poetry Co-Editor Sarah Browning
Poets Lisa Suhair Majaj, Kathy Engel, Meg Hamill and Carmen Calatayud light flames of memory and trails of hope.
Top Ten: Three Years of Stories That Grabbed Readers - by Gabrielle Korn
Reality, media representations and 21st century sex get juices flowing.
Fighting to Gratify a Sex Instinct? War Attitudes Vary by Gender - by Lori Adelman
Women show more aversion to military strikes and casualties. •Art by Maureen Cummins
From the On The Issues Print Archive
RELATED STORIES: Women, War & Peace
On the Issues Magazine has featured articles about war – many different wars – and what war means for women, along with the dreams of peace. Here are some stories from our archives -- online (2009-2011) and in print (1983-99).
Study War No More – The Price of Conscience by Marlene C. Piturro, Summer 1994, profiled one courageous woman, Yolanda Huet-Vaughn, MD, an army medic who refused orders to be deployed during the first Gulf War.
After Huet-Vaughn went AWOL, she went public, saying: "I am refusing orders to be an accomplice in what I consider an immoral, inhumane, and unconstitutional act, namely an offensive military mobilization in the Middle East. My oath as a citizen soldier to defend the Constitution, my oath as a physician to preserve life and prevent disease, and my responsibility as a human being to the preservation of this planet would be violated if I cooperate with Operation Desert Shield."
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