Band of Sisters (book)

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Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq
Band of Sisters Book Cover.jpg
Author Kirsten Holmstedt
Country United States
Language English
Subject Iraq War, Women
Genre Nonfiction, Military History
Publisher Stackpole Books
Publication date
July 2007
Pages 384
ISBN 978-0-8117-0267-6

Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq is a 2007 book by Kirsten Holmstedt about the Iraq War and women in the military with a foreword by Tammy Duckworth. Band of Sisters presents twelve stories of American women on the frontlines including America's first female pilot to be shot down and survive, the U.S. military's first black female combat pilot, a 21-year-old turret gunner defending a convoy, two military policewomen in a firefight, and a nurse struggling to save lives.[1][2]

Holmstedt asserts that women need greater protection from hazing and abuse by fellow soldiers, but that they are as strong as men and should be given full combat roles. [3]


Kirsten Holmstedt reads from The Girls Come Marching Home, at a NAVAIR Women’s History Month event in 2016

Kirsten Holmstedt is a journalist who writes about the military.[4][5] She has published two other books:

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  1. ^ [1], Synopsis, Barnes and Noble website.
  2. ^ Desnoyers-Colas, Elizabeth (November 2007). "Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq (book review)". H-Net Reviews. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  3. ^ White, Caitlin (11 November 2014). "She isn't afraid to stand up and say that women not only should be allowed to fight, that they're as strong as men, and that they need greater protection and rights within their units.". Bustle. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Wood, Sara (6 February 2013). "Author Kirsten Holmstedt sheds light on women in combat". WHQR. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Stein-McCormick, Carmen T. (2011). "Sisters in Arms: Case Study of the Experiences of Women Warriors in the United States Military". University of South Florida Doctoral Thesis: 16, 18–20. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Olsen, George (23 July 2009). "The Girls Come Marching Home - Kirsten Holmstedt". Public Radio East. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Hughes, Mary Ann (July 2011). "Back on the home front.". Library Journal. 136 (12): 40. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  8. ^ Caplan, Paula J. (2011). When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home. MIT Press. pp. 64, 66. ISBN 9780262296304. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Boyce, Sarah (2011). "The Girls Come Marching Home: Stories of Women Warriors Returning from the War in Iraq (review)" (PDF). Veterans Law Review. 3: 330–336. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  10. ^ Whaley Eager, Paige (2014). Gender in a Global/Local World: Waging Gendered Wars : U.S. Military Women in Afghanistan and Iraq. Ashgate Publishing. p. 52. ISBN 1409448460. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 

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