Lyudmila Pavlichenko: Ukranian Sniper

This week's badass woman of history is one of histories most deadliest snipers, Major Lyudmila Pavlichenko, aka Lady Death. After an attack on her beloved university in Kiev, Ukraine, Maj Pavlichenko approached recruiters with her civilian expert shooting certificates and asked to join the infantry. "She looked like a model, with well-manicured nails, fashionable clothes, …

Khutulun: It’s normal to be a badass girl

One of the challenges of our modern western milieu is the implicit bias that, despite numerous examples otherwise, steers us into believing women are somehow not athletic or strong, competitive or political.  Laypersons make sweeping generalizations about women (uhhhh.... Google guy James Damore), and through confirmation bias, deceive themselves into thinking they are righteous or …

“Up, Down and from all sides”

While the US military is built on a "promote from within" model, some leaders have speculated that bringing in leaders laterally from the civil sector could benefit military operations. This article explores how onboarding civil sector leaders might help identify barriers to increasing the numbers of women who serve.

The majority often misunderstand their biases

Are women treated differently? Do we take things too personally? I would argue yes, we are treated differently and yes, we might benefit from taking things less seriously. A short story: While I was in advanced pilot training for HH-60Gs, I began to notice that my older, retired (circa 1990) academic instructors would refer to pilots as β€œhe” …

The change starts with us

"Someone with authority can demand compliance, but they can’t dictate optimism, trust, conviction, or creativity." Brian Walker If we want to affect change we have to start with the people. Our leadership might make new rules, push for more change, but it takes us.   This is the purpose of The Milieux Project, to change perspectives, …