This article discusses the recently migrated role of women involved in terrorist movement, from mostly supportive roles to more active, operational ones, including suicide bombers. "The leaders of terrorist movements make cost-benefit calculations to select tactics, targets, and perpetrators, and women suicide bombers are cheap weapons. Further, they garner significantly more media attention and may also shame men into becoming mobilized instead of letting women do their job."
U.S. Department of State: http://usinfo.state.gov/
Foreign Policy Agenda (May 2007), v.12 no.5