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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Committee Member

Kate Hausbeck

Number of Pages



Many women in the United States are living in a paradox. While changes in the American culture have led to significant improvements in women's lives, they still are frequently exposed to discriminatory policies and actions. This study examines the United States military, which is a specific institution that embodies this paradox. While the military offers women certain opportunities, such as a college education, travel and adventure, it is still steeped in male domination and gender discrimination. Using a review of secondary sources, this study explores the discourses relating to power, gender and sexuality in the military, which form the basis for the discrimination of servicewomen. This study also explores the persistence of discrimination and patterns of resistance by conducting in-depth focus group interviews to examine the dominant ideologies and discourses that frame women's experiences and the ways in which women reproduce, resist, or construct alternative discourses.


Adventures Jane; Military; Women

Controlled Subject

Industrial relations; Women's studies; Psychology, Industrial

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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