Amazing Photo Shows Group Of Female Soldiers Breastfeeding In Uniform
When photographer Tara Ruby volunteered to decorate the new nursing room at Fort Bliss, a US Army base in Texas, she called upon her own experience as a mother and as a soldier for inspiration.
Ruby, who served in the Air Force from 1997 to 2001, wanted to make a statement about what it means to be a woman in the military; specifically, she wanted to show how being a mother doesn't make a solider any less strong or able.
So, she photographed 10 female soldiers breastfeeding their babies while in uniform: the ultimate statement of femininity and power.
In a Facebook post highlighting the beautiful photo, Ruby wrote,
The positive response to Ruby's photograph is unprecedented. Both the Army and Fort Bliss officially approved the shoot and offered their support for her message, Ruby said.
To approve of Ruby's photo may seem a small, almost exceedingly simple gesture. But the Army's support showed, finally, women on active duty aren't being told they can't or shouldn't -- they're being accepted with open arms, femininity and all.
And that is truly a beautiful thing.
See Ruby's stunning photograph, below, and find more of her original work on Facebook.