November 02, 2020

Commandant’s Reading List includes books about female Marines for the first time ― but is it enough?

Featuring Kayla M. Williams

Source: The Military Times

Journalist Philip Athey

The Marine Corps overhauled the Commandant’s Reading List in 2020 in a modernization effort to become more relevant to the modern-day Marine.

As part of the process, the Corps, for the first time, included two books about the experience of women in war: “Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts,” by James E. Wise Jr. and Scott Baron, and “Hesitation Kills: A Female Marine Officer’s Combat Experience in Iraq,” by Jane Blair.

The inclusion of two books about women in the Marine Corps was seen by many as progress, but some noted that since one of the books was written by two men, that the Marine Corps stumbled on its execution.

Read the full story and more from The Military Times.


  • Kayla M. Williams

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Kayla M. Williams is a former Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS)....