In a huge step for both feminism and even the economy, women in war will soon be allowed to fight in direct ground combat.
For a really long time, the Department of Defense excluded women in war from many combat positions, but they’re opening a lot of those up to females now. This opens up 237,000 potential jobs for women, which is awesome–especially considering the women who would take those jobs are equally or even better qualified than some of the men on the ground may be.
Of course, there are still opponents to opening more jobs for women in war, but a lot of those people are the same ones who think women shouldn’t even work. Some think women simply aren’t as physically strong or can’t fight as well as men can. Penny Nance, the President and CEO of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (a really conservative lobbying group), told NBC News, “The point of the military is to protect our country. Anything that distracts from that is detrimental. Our military cannot continue to choose social experimentation and political correctness over combat readiness. While this decision is not unexpected from this administration, it is still disappointing.”
The gist of all that? They’re taking pot shots at the President for providing yet another measure of equality to women. And a woman said that. Ugh.
Still, a lot of people think it’s not only a fair idea, but a completely practical one. Senator Patty Murray explained, “It’s important to remember that in recent wars that lacked any true front lines, thousands of women already spent their days in combat situations serving side-by-side with their fellow male service members.”
In fact, a lot of those women who were serving right next to men and pretty much doing the same jobs had been doing it for years–and not getting recognized or paid for it. This measure would ensure that they’re getting appropriately recognized, compensated and honored for their deeds–and dude, they deserve it. Women in war are brave, strong and smart. It’s about time they were treated like it.
Do you think women in war should be allowed in combat? Do you think putting women in war is detrimental to our nation’s military or a normal step for equality? Tell us in the comments!