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Women, military, World War II, combat, soldier


European History | Gender and Sexuality | History | Military History | Women's History


[Sergeant Tamara Mikhailovna Stepanova, sniper] This woman fought on the front lines in World War Two as a sniper. She claims that she could do and handle anything, including the gruesome experience mentioned above. What is interesting about her statement is that she seems to have changed her story over time. During the war, she was able to do anything. Yet twenty years later, when interviewed, she claimed that war is only for men, that they can deal with the horrors of it while women cannot. What made this woman change her mind? How can a woman who fought as a sniper turn around and claim that women cannot handle war, when she herself disproves the statement?

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