About Heather Marie Stur

Heather Marie Stur, Ph. D., is assistant professor of history and fellow in the Center for the Study of War & Society at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is the author of Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era (Cambridge, 2011).

Fantasies of Male Chivalry Ignore the History of Women in Wartime

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Heather Marie Stur: The debate over women in combat is about gender roles — what is appropriate for men and women to do in wartime. It is also about symbolism — what the American soldier symbolizes about U.S. power and military strength.

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