Girls Need Not Apply by Kelly S. Thompson (32)

This is a sad book about the Armed Forces. I had no idea that things were still so oppressive for women. Patriarchy is still taking a hold in different careers.

Yet, this is an inspiring story about a female captain serving in the Canadian Armed Forces who makes space for herself in a traditionally masculine world. how wonderful is that!

At eighteen years of age, Kelly Thompson enlists in the Canadian Armed Forces. Despite growing up in a military family, she can’t seem to shake the feeling that she doesn’t belong in the Armed Forces.

When she arrives for basic training at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Quebec, Kelly quickly realizes that her conception of soldier life isn’t entirely accurate.  Kelly was a woman who was more interested in writing than weaponry, a woman after my own heart!

As her career progresses, however, gender politics, harassment, and glass ceiling scenarios overshadow her hard work and professional achievements, until she must find the courage to take a stand against them all.

In this compelling and candid memoir, Kelly writes unsparingly and with humour, highlighting truths about her time in the military. She describes the sexism and misogyny she encountered, explored her conflicted feelings toward the forces and delves into a family legacy of PTSD, all the while reconciling her longing to be a writer with a path that demands conformity. When she sustains a career-altering injury, Kelly fearlessly re-examines her identity as a soldier, writer and woman.

This book is a refreshingly honest story of conviction, determination and empowerment, with a bit of a love story speckled in. I loved it and will be promoting it on my other blogs.


About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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