Women are often the first members of a community to observe and interact with extremists trying to make inroads. Efforts to prevent violent extremism need to take their role seriously.
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There might not be an overarching profile of the American female jihadi, but women are plotting, fundraising, and traveling abroad to join terrorist groups in growing numbers.
This episode of the Jihadology Podcast features an interview with Erin Saltman on the report she co-authored with Melanie Smith, “‘Till Martyrdom Do Us Part’: Gender and the ISIS Phenomenon” (PDF). The conversation covered a variety of topics related to female participation in jihadism including: