Fight Like a Girl: The Truth Be­hind How Fe­male Marines Are Trained

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Kate Ger­mano Kelly Kennedy Prometheus Books (APRIL) Soft­cover $18 (288pp) 978-1-63388-413-7

Lieutenant Colonel Kate Ger­mano led fe­male marine re­cruits to suc­ceed in a sys­tem that ex­pected lit­tle from women and kept them out of in­fantry roles. In Fight Like a Girl, she re­counts bring­ing up per­for­mance scores and morale at the Par­ris Is­land train­ing fa­cil­ity, and the out­ra­geous lack of sup­port from she re­ceived from the Marine Corps, which fired her a year into the job.

Ger­mano, who shows her­self to be a great com­mu­ni­ca­tor com­mit­ted to in­tegrity and equal­ity, faced a stunted ca­reer af­ter chal­leng­ing the sta­tus quo. Through­out her book, she ar­gues com­pellingly that there’s no ex­cuse for gender bias in the mil­i­tary or else­where and that the time for prac­tices re­in­forc­ing such prej­u­dices is up.

Ger­mano de­tails chal­lenges fa­mil­iar to many suc­cess­ful women, from see­ing her progress mocked and be­ing told to smile more to wit­ness­ing how dif­fi­cult it is for women to stick to­gether in a male-dom­i­nated field. Her re­flec­tions are con­ver­sa­tional and whip-smart, and her re­search into ef­fec­tive lead­er­ship is ev­i­dent.

In dis­cussing both tri­umphs and mis­takes made through­out her ca­reer, her goal is im­prove­ment. And it’s telling that de­spite her twenty years of ser­vice, in­nu­mer­able in­sti­tu­tional im­prove­ments, and bevy of other suc­cesses, she still feels the need to pref­ace her suc­cesses with “I’m not brag­ging, but …”

The book skips back and forth in Ger­mano’s ca­reer. She was only in her Par­ris Is­land po­si­tion for a year, though the im­prove­ments she im­ple­mented there might make it seem longer. Two chap­ters writ­ten by her hus­band might bet­ter serve as ap­pen­dices.

An ex­pose of sys­temic sex­ism, thought­ful man­age­rial ad­vice, and a me­moir of a ca­reer, Fight Like a Girl is an im­por­tant in­sider’s look at the Marine Corps and its last throes of deny­ing women chances at com­bat po­si­tions.

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