While women are officially barred from combat in the American armed
services, in the current war, where there are no front lines, the
ban on combat is virtually meaningless. More than in any previous
conflict in our history, American women are engaging with the
enemy, suffering injuries, and even sacrificing their lives in the
line of duty.
When Janey Comes Marching Home
photographs by Sascha Pflaeging with oral histories collected by
Laura Browder to provide a dramatic portrait of women at war. Women
from all five branches of the military share their stories
here--stories that are by turns moving, comic, thought-provoking,
and profound. Seeing their faces in stunning color photographic
portraits and reading what they have to say about loss,
comradeship, conflict, and hard choices will change the ways we
think about women and war.
Serving in a combat zone is an all-encompassing experience that is
transformative, life-defining, and difficult to leave behind. By
coming face-to-face with women veterans, we who are outside that
world can begin to get a sense of how the long wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan have shaped their lives and how their stories may
ripple out and influence the experiences of all American women.
The book accompanies a photography exhibit of the same name opening
May 1, 2010, at the Women in Military Service to America Memorial
at Arlington National Cemetery, and continuing to travel around the
country through 2011.