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Scott Simon Essay: 'And I'm a Soldier'

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Scott Simon Essay: 'And I'm a Soldier'

Scott Simon Essay: 'And I'm a Soldier'

Scott Simon Essay: 'And I'm a Soldier'

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The contemporary role of women in the U.S. military was thrown into sharp relief with tape of Shoshana Johnson, a prisoner of war in Iraq. Before the war, a friend questioned why Johnson should go, pointing out that she's a woman and the mother of a toddler. "And I'm a soldier," Johnson replied. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on Johnson and women in combat.