Conflict on a battlefield is what usually comes to mind when we think about warfighting, but it’s only one type of combat. Information operations is another. Also known as influence operations, it includes the collection of tactical information about an adversary as well as the dissemination of propaganda in pursuit of a competitive advantage over an opponent. And women members of extremist organizations are some of the most active and effective operators in this domain.
Using propaganda to recruit in-person and online, women’s ability to detect the early signs of radicalization better and faster than men makes them highly effective at targeting potential recruits. Gender bias works in their favor as well. Considered by many in the security sector to be less prone to engage in violent conflict, women can spread extremist messages fomenting violence without raising suspicion.
Take a look at the January newsletter to gain greater insight into the critically important role women extremists have as influencers both on the ground and online. They are a force to be reckoned with.