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Review for Foundation For Women Warriors, N Hollywood, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a political science professor and scholar, I have spent my career studying questions related to gender equity and women’s representation in non-traditional domains such as the United States military. Women make up approximately 20% of active-duty service members and when they are serving, they are often in the minority trying to fit into the “boy’s club.” When they leave the military, they lose the network they once enjoyed while serving. In short, women go from being the most visible active-duty service member, as they are typically the only woman in their unit, to the least visible veterans. Research shows that female veterans also face a number of obstacles when they leave the military:

• Women veterans are the fastest growing segment of homeless veterans
• Women veterans are 250% more likely to commit suicide than women who haven’t served
• Sixty percent of female veterans report housing instability
• One in four experience sexual assault; 73% have experienced sexual harassment

The Foundation for Women Warriors (FFWW) delivers unique programming that tackles these issues head on. The Foundation's programing offers women veterans tailored assistance during their transition, which often means providing emergency financial assistance to prevent homelessness, a late utility payment, or childcare assistance that enables veteran mothers to pursue their degrees and professional development. I am honored to serve as a FFWW board member to champion its mission and make sure women veterans have the resources and opportunities to succeed post-transition.

Role:  Board Member