Challenging gender stereotyping in the armed forces – Mixed responses

At first glance, it seems 2015 may be the year the British Armed Forces is truly embracing diversity and promoting gender equality.

Last month, Staff Sergeant Kate Lord received the prestigious Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service, for challenging the opinions of young men in the Afghan National Army, who accused her of “being weak”.

And in January, the army’s first transgender officer Hannah Winterbourne was praised for speaking openly about realising her “body was wrong” while she was serving in Afghanistan.

But despite these moves in the right direction, women are still seriously outnumbered by men in the armed forces.

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