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Valiant Women with Lena Andrews

interviews Aug 07, 2023

Over 350,000 American women served in uniform during the war, in every service branch, in every combat theater, and in nearly two-thirds of the available military occupations at the time. This ranged from critical support roles of flying planes across the country, drawing maps to help men get through Normandy, codebreaking, and building & maintaining the behind-the-scenes infrastructural work that made the heroics possible. Sharon is joined by CIA military analyst, WWII expert, and debut author, Lena Andrews, to unveil the scale and scope of what women in uniform contributed during WWII. If you loved our “How Women Won WWII” series, today’s episode will be a treat of untold history.


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About the Guests: Lena Andrews is a military analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. A Boston native, she received her Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, specializing in international relations and security studies. She has spent more than a decade in foreign policy, having previously worked at the RAND Corporation and United States Institute of Peace. Lena lives in Washington, DC with her husband and son, and is always looking for fresh takes on old stories. Valiant Women is her first book.

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