Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Meet the women fighting on the front lines of an American war
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon - Reporter
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon writes about women around the world living their lives at war and in conflict zones. Full bio
has the funny one,
when you need a good cry,
when you've had a hard day.
of groundbreaking women
then friends, and then family --
whose friendship and valor was cemented
and done at the tip of the spear,
officially, at least --
with Special Operations leaders,
in the United States military, saying,
to the end of its wars," it argued.
and more understanding."
in a community and in a home,
men could not talk to women,
and traditional society like Afghanistan,
that the women who would be recruited
and Navy SEALs,
experienced by less than five percent
Become a part of history.
on the battlefield in Afghanistan."
wanted to do something that mattered
for their country,
it was about serving with purpose.
to North Carolina
on the Special Operations front lines,
very quickly a community,
and as fit as they were,
for who they were,
was that all of a sudden,
around and realized
than one giraffe at the zoo."
an ROTC cadet, a sorority sister
all in one person.
who always ran and road marched
always wanted to be in the infantry,
that women couldn't be,
to bust drug gangs in Pennsylvania.
who played high school football
after the first,
that girls couldn't play football,
who would come after her.
part of their destiny,
out of reach for girls."
to serve with the best of the best
to their country,
that they were female,
was like women everywhere.
over eyeliner and eye pencil.
of weight on their backs,
a movie called "Bridesmaids."
big where they should be small,
you see her here on my left --
when she went out on mission each night.
over video conference
from their various bases,
doing what they were doing.
what was working, what wasn't,
what they needed to do better.
some of the lighter moments of being women
that let you pee like a guy,
a 40 percent accuracy rate out there.
and you could be feminine.
and really like cross-stitch.
and you could also love to bake cookies.
to this mission as well.
they never forgot
to the front lines,
prove themselves there.
out on mission,
a barricaded shooter lying in wait
who were waiting to enter the home.
who found out
that make up explosives
in which they were standing,
all the way between there
about to head that night.
of their teammates proved herself
they were looking for
another one of their teammates,
that they were looking for,
from the Rangers
they were looking for that night
not only for one another,
who would come after them.
alongside whom they served.
behind every great man is a good woman.
who wanted to see them succeed.
had served 12 deployments.
that he had to go train girls,
women in the summer of 2011,
"We have just witnessed history.
our own Tuskegee Airmen."
was the one person
of Martha Stewart,
to make dinner for her husband,
who pushed her to be her best,
on her back and run for miles,
in her office in Kandahar,
and then go to the gym
from a dead hang.
an extra pair of boots
would be on your speed dial.
over the easy wrong.
for walking up to a 15-foot rope,
to use both her arms and her legs,
to tell their stories.
alongside two Rangers,
for the shadows
was still very much in place.
and gave a public testimony
"these women are warriors,
in what it means to be a female
and a school bus driver,
about that overwhelming set of days,
in her hand came up to her
what a hero was.
that heroes could be women, too."
all the unsung heroines
to keep going and to test every limit.
bound forever in life and afterward
who would come after them,
of those who had come before.
in all shapes and sizes.
About the speaker:Gayle Tzemach Lemmon - Reporter
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon writes about women around the world living their lives at war and in conflict zones.
Why you should listen
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon never set out to write about women entrepreneurs. After leaving ABC News for MBA study at Harvard, she was simply looking for a great -- and underreported -- economics story. What she found was women entrepreneurs in some of the toughest business environments creating jobs against daunting obstacles. Since then her writing on entrepreneurship has been published by the International Herald Tribune and Financial Times along with the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation.
Now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Lemmon continues to travel the world reporting on economic and development issues with a focus on women. She is the author of Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield (2014), as well as the best seller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (2011) about a young entrepreneur who supported her community under the Taliban.
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