During the Vietnam War (1954–1975), the People’s Army of North Vietnam fought against US forces in South Vietnam. Vietnamese women lost spouses and children during the fighting. Many women also fought to defend their country. Some joined the People’s Army, where they fought as soldiers or worked as nurses on the front lines. Others joined the Viet Cong, a guerrilla group that fought in the South. Many women also managed supply lines or brought food and fuel to soldiers. This fall, photographer and journalist Lee Karen Stow interviewed some of these women. She photographed them, too.
See Stow’s photographs and learn more about the women who were part of the Vietnam War.