Traditionally ground combat in war was restricted to men. But that all changed in 2011, when for the first time an all-female, all-Army team was created to serve on the battlefield in Afghanistan.
The special pilot program put women on the battlefield with Special Forces, Army Rangers, and Navy Seals. The idea was that women could get access to people that men could not.
“Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield” looks at a special group of women who were sent out on night raids to search for and question Afghan women. The historic program set the course for changes in the U.S. Army and highlighted the significant role women play in the Army Special Forces. Lemmon shares First Lieutenant Ashley White’s story and the series of events that led to her death on the battlefield.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, journalist and author of the New York Times bestseller “Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield” (Harper, 2015)
Meghan Curran, one of the soldiers featured in the book. She now lives near Boston