When Janey Comes Marching Home
Laura Browder

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Narrated By: a full cast

Duration: 4 hours and 33 minutes

What to expect

Women are officially barred from combat in the American armed services, yet in today's wars, where there are no front lines, the ban on combat is virtually meaningless. More than in any previous conflict in our history, American women are engaging with the enemy, suffering injuries, and even sacrificing their lives in the line of duty.

When Janey Comes Marching Home juxtaposes forty-eight photographs by Sascha Pflaeging with oral histories collected by Laura Browder to provide a dramatic portrait of women at war. Women from all five branches of the military share their stories here—stories that are by turns moving, comic, thought-provoking, and profound. Seeing their faces in stunning color photographic portraits and reading what they have to say about loss, comradeship, conflict, and hard choices will change the ways we think about women and war.

Serving in a combat zone is an all-encompassing experience that is transformative, life-defining, and difficult to leave behind. By coming face-to-face with women veterans, we who are outside that world can begin to get a sense of how the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have impacted their lives and how their stories may ripple out and influence the experiences of all American women.


Military history, Military history, Photojournalism and documentary photography, Military history, Military veterans, Military history, Military history: post-WW2 conflicts, Military history: post-WW2 conflicts, Photography: portraits and self-portraiture, Society and culture: general

Listen to a sample

“In this powerful record, author and English professor Browder collects first-person accounts from dozens of military women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, accompanied by vivid full-color portraits…Poignant, tear-jerking stories dominate…Candid and touching, with resonant photographs from Pflaeging, these brief narratives give voice to a too-often-overlooked aspect of female American experience.”

Publishers Weekly

“Readers may be tempted to deify these women for their contributions to the continuing struggle for female equality, but their unflinching accounts unfold to a tangible and poignant humanity.”

Library Journal

“Respectful but unflinching, these arresting images and stories of women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have the power to stop us in our tracks and transform how we think about the American way of war. As fellow citizens like these return for third, fourth, and fifth tours of duty, this important documentary can help us muster the empathy to make their lives a part of our daily consciousness.”