It’s not often as a soldier that you really, truly get to make a difference, not just in your neighbourhood but in your global neighbourhood, where what you do really matters. But as a soldier, in the bigger picture it’s been very rewarding to me to be part of a group that did what I think helped to contribute to the stability of another country, to help another country get out of the situation they’re in, in whatever small way that it’s done.
The Canadian military has women in combat roles. This doesn’t surprise me. But it does surprise a lot of people; internationally and here in Canada. But there is going to be a point in my lifetime where this will not be discussed anymore. And I look forward to that.
Brigadier General Chris Whitecross is one of two most senior ranked women in the Canadian Forces. She is currently deployed to Afghanistan until June 2011. Read on »
Karen Davis, Lieutenant-Commander (ret)
Women are coming into a culture, embedded in decades of male tradition, as someone who doesn’t quite fit and as someone who doesn’t have a history in the organization.
Karen Davis is a Defense Scientist at the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute in Kingston, and is a leading authority on the status of women in the Canadian Forces.