Who was Haritina Korotkevich?

Introduction Haritina Evstafievna Korotkevich (Russian: Харити́на Евста́фьевна Коротке́вич, also romanised as Charitina Korotkiewicz and Haritena Korotkiewich; née Verkhozina; 17 October 1882 to 16 October 1904) was a soldier who served in the Imperial Russian Army during the Russo-Japanese War. Volunteering to serve disguised as a man under the pseudonym Khariton Korotkevich (Russian: Харитон Короткевич), she… Read More

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Who was Marjorie Fletcher?

Introduction Commandant Marjorie Fletcher CBE (1932-2008), who served as Director of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) between 1986-1988. Career Marjorie Fletcher was born on 21 September 1932. In her youth, she attended Avondale High School and Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls. After leaving school she became a solicitor’s clerk, and joined the Women’s… Read More

Royal Navy Selects First Female Admiral

“For the first time in the centuries-long history of the Royal Navy, a woman officer will be appointed to the rank of admiral.” (Royal Navy, 2021). Commodore Jude Terry, who has served her nation and Navy for nearly a quarter of a century, has been selected for promotion to rear admiral – making her the… Read More

British Army is a Mum-Friendly Employer

The British Army is one of the country’s most mum-friendly employers, according to work-life balance charity Working Families. The Service was named joint winner in the “best for working mothers” category of the organisation’s Best Practice Awards – thanks to its commitment to gender equality and initiatives such as the parents and breastfeeding networks. Other… Read More

More Hairstyles Allowed for Women Soldiers

A restyled Army policy giving women more choice about how they wear their hair while on duty has been given the thumbs-up from personnel. They say the move – which will see soldiers deviate from the hitherto approved bun – will improve comfort and allow kit to fit more snugly. Unless they are at high-profile… Read More

Jordanian Armed Forces: An Integrating Task

An all-female short-term training team from the British Army’s 16 Air Assault Brigade have helped boost the Jordanian Armed Forces’ (JAF) efforts to integrate women into their ranks. The British soldiers led a ten-day package covering topics such as counter-IED and battle casualty drills, PT and urban operations, with the experienced instructors swiftly overcoming cultural… Read More

Who was Dorothy Lawrence?

Introduction Dorothy Lawrence (04 October 1896 to 04 October 1964) was an English journalist who posed as a male soldier in order to report from the front line during World War I. She managed to obtain a military uniform from a friend. as well as getting a false identity. However trench life affected her health,… Read More