NPC Headliners Book Event: "Fight Like a Girl: The Truth Behind How Female Marines Are Trained"
April 12, 2018 6:30 PM
Location: Conference Rooms
When Lieutenant Colonel Kate Germano arrived at the Fourth Recruit Training Battalion at Parris Island, S.C., the Marine Corps’ all-women boot camp, she decided that if she was really going to improve the lagging performance of the female Marines under her command, she was going to have to try something new: raise expectations and push for tougher standards for female recruits.
After just one year under her leadership, female recruits made significant gains in strength tests and retention rates, and achieved a passing rate for initial rifle qualification equal to that of their male counterparts. In spite of these results, however, Colonel Germano was removed from command.
On Thursday, April 12 at 6:30PM, Kate Germano will share her new book “Fight Like a Girl: The Truth Behind How Female Marines Are Trained” and explain why she believes the male-dominated Marine Corps has a systematic problem with female leadership and institutionalized gender bias at a National Press Club Headliners Event.
This event will feature a discussion with the author, an audience question-and-answer session, and a book signing. Tickets are $5 for National Press Club members and $10 for the general public. When purchasing tickets for this event online, buyers will also have the option of purchasing copies of the book at check-out. Books will also be available for purchase at the event. Proceeds from book sales will benefit the non-profit affiliate of the Club, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, so we kindly ask that you leave all outside books and memorabilia at home.
About the Author:
Kate Germano was an officer in the United States Marine Corps for twenty years, retiring in July 2016 after she was relieved from command of the only all-female unit one month prior. Since her retirement, Germano has been an outspoken advocate for raising the expectations and standards for women in the military, and combating what she believes is a culture of gender bias in the U.S. Marine Corps.
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