This book was so enlightening.
I first only wanted to read this book because the lovely Reese Witherspoon told me too via instagram (by me I mean she posted and told everyone to read it… it’s the same thing. We are tight, obviously). Then I learned more about it and I itched to read it.
Kathe Mazur does a marvelous job narrating this book. I usually find it hard to get through books that aren’t actual stories, because my mind loves a good story to live in; but Mazur kept my attention and made my heart break.
This is a story per say, meaning this is something that actually happened/happens.
Women struggle to be seen on the same level as men.
You got it folks, Feminist 101, Army edition.
Women have longed to be on the front line along side the men when fighting for our country. Not just nursing or technicians (even though those are just as important) because they want to fight. They want to hold the gun, find the bad guy, and do what is right for the country that they love.
But for so long, that hasn’t been an option because women aren’t held to the same standards. Women have a lower amount of sit ups, push ups, running distance, etc than men because women aren’t built the same.
“SO WHAT?” is my question.
As proven in this book, many women can do just as much as men and are at the top of the able-list and can do just as many things as hard as men can.
CST: Cultural Support Team(s)
The world finally realized that they needed women to help them in the war, because some things only women can do (espeically like searching women for bombs in the Middle East, and talking to them without offending them and without a supervisor-male-family-member present). So a team called CST was put together to work besides some of the toughest men in the army: the Rangers.
This book follows events and the troubles of Ashley, Nadia, Lane, Anne, Kate and many other women who were apart of the first to join this new elite team. You get to learn back stories of each of the girls and learn more about women in the army. For example, they still wore make up when they wanted to but they worked out just as hard and as often as their male companions. You learn you can be an army woman and still act and look like a woman.
The writing in this book was wonderful. I am so in love with this book. It will break your heart while enlightening you on what really goes on beyond what the news tells you.
I encourage anyone and everyone to read this book. It was really spectacular.