Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa speaks during a press conference in Tripoli on March 19. Koussa arrived in Britain on March 30, and told the British government that he was resigning from his post. Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met with CIA Director Leon Panetta at the presidential palace in Cairo in January 2010. For years, the CIA knew the main players in Egypt. Now, the map of Egypt's power structure must be redrawn. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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Army Brig. Gen. Heidi Brown, shown here at the Pentagon: "Gender now shuts the door for me." David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Betsy Thompson (left) and her daughter, Kelly MacDonald, both decided to become soldiers. Courtesy of Betsy Thompson hide caption

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Retired Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Va. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Leigh Ann Hester, now a police officer in the suburbs of Nashville, Tenn., is the first female soldier since World War II to receive the Silver Star medal for valor in combat. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Left: Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught during her time serving in Vietnam; when she joined the military, she received training on how to put on makeup — but not how to fire a weapon. Right: An illustrated poster of Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, the first woman since World War II to receive the Silver Star for valor. Both women are profiled in this series. Courtesy of Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught; David Gilkey, NPR hide caption

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