Drawing (on) women’s military experiences and narratives - Israeli women soldiers’ challenges in the military environment Academic Article uri icon


  • This article utilizes arts-based methods as a feminist methodology for understanding women's experiences in military service, according to theories of feminist security studies. It explores how non-combatant women in the army retrospectively narrate stressful situations that happened during their military service. Using arts-based methods, we examine how they derive meaning from their experiences in a masculine, military environment, affected by ongoing conflict. This article analyzes twenty images drawn by Israeli women who served in the army in the previous 2–4 years. The women drew a stressful event from their military service, explained the image, and elaborated on how they coped with the situation. A content analysis of the pictures and the narratives produced three themes: the responsibility for others in life threatening situations, the military as a first professional work experience …

publication date

  • February 1, 2017