Book launch | Megan MacKenzie's Beyond the Band of Brothers



11 August 2015


US Studies Centre

Dr Megan MacKenzie's new book, Beyond the Band of Brothers: the US Military and the Myth that Women Can't Fight, was launched by Stephen Smith, Professor of International Law at the University of Western Australia and former Minister for Foreign Affairs, at an event co-hosted by the US Studies Centre and Perth USAsia Centre.

About the book

Women can’t fight. This assumption lies at the heart of the combat exclusion, a policy that was fiercely defended as essential to US national security, despite evidence that women have been contributing to hostile operations now and throughout history. Megan MacKenzie is a leading expert on women in combat and her book is one of the only resources that systematically examines the role of women in the US military and the key arguments used to justify the combat exclusion, in the light of the decision to reverse the policy in 2013. MacKenzie's rich analysis of band of brothers culture and key myths associated with women and combat will also shed light on current discussions of gender inclusion in Australia and other parts of the world.


  • Professor Megan H. MacKenzie
    Professor Megan H. MacKenzie
    Non-Resident Fellow, United States Studies Centre and Professor of Gender and War, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

    Megan MacKenzie is a non-resident fellow at the United States Studies Centre and a Professor of Gender and War in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. Her research is broadly aimed at reducing war; it bridges feminist theory, critical security studies, and critical/post development studies. Megan has contributed research on topics including sexual violence in war, truth and reconciliation commissions, military culture, images and international relations, and women in combat.