Women on the Front Lines:
Special Operations and America's New Rangers

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Council on Foreign Relations

New York, NYOn October 5, 2015, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, spoke to the WFPG about her latest book Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield. She shared the story of a group of women who served in Afghanistan among special operations forces in a pilot program called "cultural support teams". Lemmon also discussed the significance of two female soldiers who were the first to graduate from Army Ranger School this past summer. In the discussion, Lemmon addressed the national conversation of opening all combat positions to women by January 1, 2016. This event was co-sponsored by the Institute of International Education.


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Peggy Blumenthal of the Institute of International
Education, Author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and
WFPG President Patricia Ellis


Author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and moderator Patricia Ellis


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Patricia Ellis opens the discussion


Nikki Davis of the Institute of International Education


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Rich Oppel of The New York Times


WFPG members and guests