Women in the Military: Fighting for Their Rights


WASHINGTON, DC, March 25, 2010 – American University Washington College of Law will host a program titled “Women in the Military: Fighting for Their Rights” on March 25.   The event is presented by the Women’s Law Association and the National Institute of Military Justice

The involvement of women in the U.S. military has significantly expanded since World War II. Despite considerable advances, female service members face many unique challenges, including discrimination and harassment at the hands of their fellow service members.

This program will explore several of the issues faced by women serving in the U.S. military. Panelists will discuss the military's response to sexual assault and harassment of female service members, the expanding role of women in the military, and the barriers that remain.

When: March 25, 2010

            Noon – 3 p.m.

Where: American University Washington College of Law

             4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016, Room 603

Full Schedule:

11:45 a.m. Registration

12:00 p.m. Welcome Remarks

12:15 p.m. Current Issues Affecting Women In The Military

Capt. Lory Manning, Director of the Women in the Military Project for the Women's Research and Education Institute

CDR Carol Stundtner, Gender Policy Advisor, U.S. Coast Guard

Capt. Kari Crawford, Attorney, Criminal Law Division, US Army JAG Corps

Moderator: Michelle M. Lindo McCluer, Director, National Institute of Military Justice

1:30 p.m. Addressing Sexual Assault In The Military

BGEN Thomas Cuthbert, retired, Senior Technical Advisor for the Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in Military Services

Ms. Janet Mansfield, Attorney, Criminal Law Policy Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army, Legal Advisor to U.S. Army Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program

3:00 p.m. Adjourn