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About Jude

JudeEdenAn outspoken advocate of women’s combat exemption, Jude Eden is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and worked entry checkpoints, frisking women for explosives, on Fallujah’s outskirts. She writes on politics and culture with a focus on women in combat, and has appeared on TV and radio shows across the nation. She is a passionate advocate for high standards of combat readiness, and loves the Marine Corps and its men and women.  Jude believes that since America’s outermost shield is made up of her sons and daughters, we should give those at the very front lines everything they need and clear away anything they don’t to ensure success in battle with the fewest casualties.

Jude’s music includes a solo album of original cello compositions, In the Key of J and an album called Twain Shall Meet by her folk-blues guitar-cello duo Upstarts & Rogues.

Follow on Twitter @Jude_Eden


19 thoughts on “About Jude

  1. My father until his death was a democrat and union president. Yet many aspects he was in favor of were conservative. He was a union man, until his death and for him that meant democrat. If he were alive today, he might be tempted to change his tune. He was a coal miner.


  2. Ms. Eden,

    Would you be interested in contributing a piece for our publication? I work for Military Review, the U.S. Army’s professional journal. Thank you for your time and consideration in advance…Maj. Efrem Gibson


  3. I’m very interested in your articles pertaining to women fighting in combat! They’re very compelling. In fact, your ‘The Problems of Women in Combat – From a Female Combat Vet’ has persuaded me to use the same topic for my English argumentative paper. I would like to personally speak to you regarding that!


  4. Jude,

    Your father teaches Constitution and Politics at Hillsdale. You must be very proud. Awesome!


  5. Hi Jude,
    This is my first visit to your blog, and I am reminded of a quote which I won’t bother to attribute: “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

    God Bless and protect you from your detractors, of which, I am sure, there are many. I just read your article “Women in Combat – The Question of Standards” and I thought it was brilliant.

    Thank you for fighting the fight, both as a US Marine, and as a commentator on this important issue. This sailor salutes you and extends a heartfelt non-USMC “Semper Fi” with respect, Ma’am.

    Because you exemplify it.


  6. Jude,
    As a retired Marine Corps infantry officer and now working for the Marine Corps as a civilian for the last 14 years, it was quite refreshing to read your article entitled “A Tale of Two Combat Integration Tests: Army v. Marines.” Even though I asked myself, “what is her source?”…the fact of telling it straight has always been my motto and hearing it from a female Marine veteran only punctuates the reality that much more. Thanks for the “straight scoop,” Semper Fidelis and God Bless…


  7. Hi, Jude.

    I, too, found your article re: women in combat to be extremely interesting, especially in light of the recent news of a woman in NY becoming a firefighter, even after failing the physical fitness tests. How many lives are being put at risk in service to political correctness with this decision?

    I host a weekly AM radio talk show and would like to invite you to be my guest to discuss your article.

    If you are interested, you can reach me at steve.noxon at gmail dot com.


  8. Greetings Jude, I was impressed with your appearance on the Phil Valentine show today, and even more impressed by your blog, which I will use to tremendous advantage on my facebook page. Are you familiar with Col. John Ripley and his testimony before Congress concerning women in combat? Well worth reading and available on line. Ripley was an amazing Marine, serving at Dong Ha, Kontum while I was at An Loc during the Easter Offensive in 1972. I never met him, sadly, but he was a legend from his Vietnam days. If you google Ripley at the Bridge you will see exactly what he did there, a feat unexcelled to this day. Ripley also pointed out that women taken captive (which can happen despite efforts at fighting to the death, through wounding, etc.) are less prisoners of war than the sexual plaything of their captives. More true than ever before, given the Islamic Supremacist nature of the enemy. Grotesque, I know, but a reality nonetheless. Please accept my highest regards, Charlie Bates, advisor to ARVN 81st Rangers and 3rd Ranger Group, March-July 1972. Please keep my address if Imay ever be of service or for your list.


  9. Hi Jude I’m doing a research paper on women in combat and I would like to use you as an authority in it. I know you don’t agree that women should be in combat, and why? I’m arguing that they shouldn’t be in combat. I would like to hear what you have to say about the topic. This is also my first time asking someone who has knowledge about the topic, because you were also in the military I read.

    Thank you so much and if you could please respond soon that would be great.

    -Marc Orduna


  10. Ms. Eden,
    Today my 7th grade ELA class read an adjusted Lexile article titled, “PRO/CON: Should Selective Service registration include women?”, based on your original article. I choose readings that are for and against many topics, so that they may form their own opinions. After serving two tours, 15 months in Iraq and 12 months in Afghanistan, in a role that was combative prior to it being condoned and earning my Combat Action Badge, I was outraged at your feelings. However, I put my personal views aside because we fight for this country so that everyone can live their life and make choices that might not always be the popular way of thinking. I appreciate your viewpoints and for allowing a perspective to be shared that I might not agree. Thank you for providing that counterargument that allows my students to keep an open mind and to keep important conversations flowing.


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