Ukraine's Female Soldiers
The Status of Ukraine Military Women
There is an ongoing controversy over the status of Ukraine's Female soldiers. Many of them are fighting alongside male soldiers in combat roles. But some are questioning the role of the women in the Ukrainian military, and one commentator has questioned the role of the beauty industry. A Ukrainian commentator has criticized the government for promoting "medieval thinking" and accused women of being incompetent soldiers who can't keep up with their male counterparts.
As the war with Russia continues, tens of thousands of Ukrainian women have taken up arms. In fact, women make up 15-17 percent of the Ukrainian fighting force. Pictures of women in training for combat flooded social media. In one recent story, CNN reported on Ukrainian women returning to Ukraine to fight after dropping off their families in Przemysl, Poland. Ukraine's female soldiers are a symbol of strength, courage and sacrifice in the country's midst of conflict.
Some women are taking advantage of this newfound public support by promoting their military careers on social media. They share a variety of images, including videos of female soldiers in woods and disassembling weapons. They also post a variety of videos and pictures of their fellow recruits, which have racked up over 30k followers and over 600k likes. These videos often garner a large number of comments and shares. So far, the accounts of female soldiers in Ukraine have become an increasingly popular way to promote the careers of women in military fields.