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THE GRIPPING INSIDE STORY OF STELLAR CAREER IN THE IRISH DEFENCE FORCES, UP AGAINST ODDS THAT COULD ONLY BE FACED DOWN BY A WOMAN.
Karina Molloy is a remarkable woman and an outstanding soldier.
During her 31-year career in the Irish Defence Forces, she gained many firsts.
First female to get promoted to Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) rank in the Irish Defence Forces. First to attempt the Army Ranger Wing selection course – Ireland’s SAS equivalent – when it was considered impossible for female soldiers due to their status as non-combatants. And, to date, Karina has the most overseas service as a female Senior NCO, with a total of eleven tours of duty in five different mission areas under her belt.
But despite her pioneering career, Karina faced many setbacks as a woman in an institution rife with misogyny – from sexual harassment and assault to routine bullying.
And yet she persevered. A Woman in Defence is the often shocking story of a pioneering soldier who, through dogged determination, resilience and talent, forged her way in a man’s world, and who continues today on a mission to make the Irish Army a safe and equitable place for women.
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