Welcome to episode six of the Women of the Military Podcast. In today’s episode, your host Amanda Huffman interviews Mandy Snell. Mandy faced gender discrimination in the military due to becoming a single mom early in her career. After graduating from the Naval Academy. She served in the military (10 years on active duty and 10 years in the Reserves) for a total of twenty years before retiring as a Lt Commander.
Gender discrimination in the Navy
Do I belong in the Navy? While attending the Naval Academy, Mandy was told that she didn’t deserve her spot at the Academy. She was told that she was an example of why women shouldn’t serve in the military. As an Ensign, she became a mom and faced complications due to being both a single mom and serving in the military. Despite facing these challenges in her early career, she was able to serve in the military and retire as a Lt Commander.
Throughout her career, she deployed twice. Before and after 9/11. And was one of the first Surface Warfare Officers to serve on a ship as a female. Listen to her story to be inspired and learn from her experience in the Navy. My only regret for this episode is that I wish I had asked more questions. I will have to have her back in the future.
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