Sista’ Soldier

Film Maker Yvette I. Jackson





Sista’ Soldier showcases African American women in the military. After watching this documentary, you will understand the importance of remembering all those who came before us and how imperative it is to continue the fight for our right to serve. The beginning of the documentary educates the audience by highlighting the struggles of black women in their quest for their right to serve. Black women have participated in defense of this nation in war and peacetime, their contributions; however, have gone largely unrecognized and unrewarded. While women in the United States Armed Forces share a history of discrimination based on gender, black women have faced both race and gender discrimination. Undeterred, black women persistently pursued their right to serve and in doing so; paved the way for all future black women to realize a career in the military. This documentary pays respect and honors all the brave women who never gave up.

The second half of the film highlights five modern day African American women who have served their nation for over 20 years. These women speak very candidly about the highs and lows of race and gender relations in the military and their overall perspective and outlook on military life. Although African American women have been contributive members in the military since obtaining official entry in 1948; when viewing media coverage, television shows or movies about the military, you rarely see African American women represented. Sista’ Soldier aims to correct these oversights by showcasing the careers of these women.

The end of the film focuses on “The Future”; African American women (just out of high school and/or in college) who have already chosen to pursue a career in the military and their reasoning for doing so.