As she did soprovocatively with military spouses in Army Wives, Tanya Biankgives us the inside story of women in today’s military—their professional andpersonal challenges from the combat zone to the home front.
Since 9/11, more than 240,000 women have fought in Iraq andAfghanistan—more than 140 have died there, and they currently make up 14percent of the total active-duty forces. Despite advances, today’s servicewomenare constantly pressed to prove themselves, to overcome challenges men neverface, and to put the military mission ahead of all other aspects of theirlives, particularly marriage and motherhood. In this groundbreaking insider’slook at the women defending our nation, Tanya Biank brings to light the realissues—femininity, belonging to an old boys’ club, veiled discrimination,dating, marriage problems, separation from children, questions about lifegoals, career trajectories, and self-worth—that servicewomen are facing byfocusing on four individual stories.
Brigadier General Angela Salinas, the Marine Corps’ firstHispanic female general, faces the challenge of commanding an all-maleinstitution. Second Lieutenant Bergan Flannigan finds herself on the front linesin Afghanistan, serving in the same military police company as her husband. Asa marine drill instructor, Sergeant Amy Stokley demands the very best from therecruits at Parris Island. And Major Candice O’Brien deals with deployment toAfghanistan, with two young children and a strained marriage back home.Undaunted
isthe story of these courageous trailblazers—their struggles, sacrifices, andtriumphs in the name of serving the country they love.