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Kickass Woman Of The Day: Doris Baker Is One Of The World’s Only Honorary Green Berets

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Doris Baker, a 97-year-old Virginia Beach woman, spent decades teaching the children of US Special Forces soldiers at their base in Bad Toelz, Germany after World War II. On Wednesday, she became an honorary Green Beret for her hard work, which is a title only 10 people hold. A ceremony with full military honors was held for her at the retirement community in which she now lives. Baker signed up to teach abroad when she discovered that the Michigan school where she’d been working paid women less than men. The school in Germany, which served the 10th Special Forces group, was extremely close to one of the largest SS training camps. In addition to teaching, she became a major emotional resource to her students and their families when the soldiers were away. Even the high-ranking leaders on the base referred to Baker as an officer in charge, and dozens of Green Berets who lived on the base during Baker’s tenure affirmed their support for her nomination to receive the honor. Over the years, she rose to become the principal of the school on the base. If her storied teaching career wasn’t amazing enough, she’s also an accomplished photographer whose images of the Cold War have been applauded and exhibited. She also published a book called “The Originals,” the only book about Green Berets written by a woman. Basically, we should all want to be her when we grow up. Congratulations, Doris! [UPI, WTVR] [Image via WTVR]

Kickass Woman Of The Day: The Navy Just Got Its First Four-Star Female Admiral

Kickass Woman Of The Day: The Navy Just Got Its First Four-Star Female Admiral

In its 236 years of existence, the U.S. Navy has never had a female four-star admiral — until now. Vice Admiral Michelle Howard was just promoted to an admiral and is now the Navy’s new vice chief of naval operations, which is the branch’s number two position. (The Air Force and the Army have both named women as four-star officers in the past.) As if Howard weren’t already enough of a badass, she was also the first Black woman to command a Navy ship. Keep reading »

Transgender National Security Leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning May Be Transferred To Civilian Prison To Be Treated For “Gender Dysphoria”

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Bradley Manning: "I Am Chelsea Manning, I Am Female"

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about Private Chelsea Manning, also known as Bradley Manning, a dishonorably discharged soldier who was sentenced to 35 years for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. The last we heard from Manning was in August, when she had publicly come out as transgender and informed the world she wanted to be referred to as Chelsea. This announcement drew attention to the fact that she was being sentenced to confinement at Fort Leavenworth, an all-male prison. Keep reading »

Defense Secretary Asks Military To Review Rules Targeting Black Women’s Hairstyles

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  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked the military to review new Army rules regulating hairstyles which mostly target Black women. The new regulations ban dreadlocks, twists and larger cornrows. [New York Times]
  • Jessica Valenti has a moving essay about having a preemie baby and her own complicated feelings about later-term abortions. Ultimately, though, Valenti says seeing up close how complicated pregnancy and childbirth decisions are have made her more pro-choice than ever before. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Black Women’s Hair Is Under More Scrutiny With The Army’s New Grooming Regulations

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  • The Army released new regulations on Monday for hair and grooming which seem to specifically target Black women’s hairstyles. The new regs now forbid braids or cornrows larger than a quarter of an inch (dreadlocks and twists have already been banned since 2005). As a result, Black women who wear their hair this way have to either get a new hairstyle or cover it with a wig. [Huffington Post]
  • Hobby Lobby is fighting the Obama administration not to pay cover contraception for women in their health care plan, but they seem to have no problem at all investing in contraception makers with their retirement funds. [Mother Jones] Keep reading »

Senate Blocks Bid To Change Military’s Change Of Command On Prosecuting Sexual Assault

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  • The Senate successfully blocked a spearheaded by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) bill that would change the military’s judicial system by taking sexual assault cases outside of the chain of command and handing it over to military lawyers. Gillibrand was unable to get enough votes to overcome a filibuster of the bill. [The Hill, USA Today]
  • Virginia repealed its ban on oral and anal sex today. [Nerve]
  • If the Girl Scouts are too slutty for you, conservatives have a less promiscuous alternative. [Jezebel] Keep reading »
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