Washington History Seminar: "Forgotten Warriors: The Long History of Women in Combat"

Event Details

End: December 4, 2023
Contact: rwheatley@historians.org

Why was it possible for the US to have women astronauts thirty years before women in combat? The answer, Sarah Percy argues, is that a faulty recollection of military history apparently demonstrated that women had never been in (or anywhere near) combat. In her new book, Forgotten Warriors, Percy demonstrates that women were in fact common actors on the battlefields of history, explains why and when they disappeared from those battlefields, and how they fought their way back into combat roles. Her goal is to demonstrate how combatant women are not just historical exceptions, but part of the warp and weft of military history.

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Sarah Percy is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Sarah received her masters and doctorate from Balliol College, Oxford, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar. Her first book, Mercenaries, traced the origins and development of a norm against mercenary use from medieval times to the war in Iraq. Sarah has also published extensively on maritime security, particularly piracy and organized crime at sea, and her research on Somali piracy was featured in the production notes of the film Captain Phillips.