Former Army officer works to empower Afghan women

By Sean Kimmons | Army News Service

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — After watching her female Afghan colleague confidently address a male-dominated government meeting in Afghanistan, Marci Strathearn beamed with pride.

While not a rare sight in America, the woman’s briefing to the male officials, including the Afghan finance and budget director, was still a big win for the former U.S. Army captain and her efforts to promote women’s equality in the war-torn country.

“I think I was more nervous for her than she was. I definitely was perspiring, and my face was red,” recalled Strathearn, who volunteered to work overseas with the U.S. Defense Department’s Ministry of Defense Advisors program.

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