On The Front Lines: Women In War
Heidi Brown's Army uniform is decorated with one small star, which marks her as a brigadier general. But at this point in her career, she's not sure how much higher she can climb. And she doesn't see many women coming up behind or above her. "Gender now shuts the door for me," she says.
February 21, 2011 Next month, a panel is expected to tell Congress that the Pentagon should do away with its policy banning women from direct ground combat units. In reality, many already see combat. In a weeklong series, NPR examines what it means to be a woman in uniform today and how that has changed over generations.