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by Kathryn Bigelow category: Film
Women have long played a critical role in our national security, too frequently without proper credit. The recent decision by the Department of Defense to lift the ban on women serving in combat is a move toward acknowledging their important and strategic contributions to our national defense. Though I personally believe war should be avoided whenever and wherever possible, there is no justification for inequality among those ready and willing to serve our country in the armed forces. Please join me in backing this social media campaign that salutes the crucial role women have played in America's national defense.
Take, for instance, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, which preoccupied the world and two American presidential administrations for more than a decade. Many of the most significant parts of that intelligence operation were played by women.
At the center of the story is Maya, a young female CIA officer and targeter who devotes her very existence to finding bin Laden. Through her, the filmmakers tell the story of many women in the intelligence community – people who work in the shadows, not for money or fame, but are ultimately committed to serving our nation through the military and intelligence communities.
When I discovered there were women at the heart of this 10-year odyssey, I was excited to take it on. It was like being dealt a royal flush.
Our account of bin Laden’s pursuit and capture offers viewers an inside look at women like Maya who dedicate their lives to selflessly protecting our freedom.Join our Thunderclap and salute these heroes.
KATHRYN BIGELOW won two Oscars®, including Best Director and Best Picture, for directing and producing of The Hurt Locker; other honors include being named on 250 critics’ lists, Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture and Best Director, a Best Picture win from the Producer's Guild of America, and a Best Director win for Bigelow from the DGA. Her many other films include Near Dark, Point Break, Strange Days, The Weight of Water, and K-19: The Widowmaker.