Women get a fighting chance

by erin_blodgett on October 1, 2016 - 2:26pm

The ban on women in ground combat has finally been lifted. In Gayle Lemmons’s (2016) article “When women lead soldiers into battle”, it is explained how women are finally getting the equality in the military. They now have the chance to become commander in chief in the military. Women take up 15% of active duty in the military and work just as hard to protect our country. Now, they have an equal chance at being a commander. Women have every right to be in the same positions as men. They too are going out there and risking their lives.

Gender is no longer a bar the have to overcome. This is a great chance for women in the military to prove the unfair stereotype of women in the military, down, Many people assume women can’t do it. Little do those people know that women in the military have to do all the same things as men do, and the ones in the military were chosen, they proved that they are fit to serve the country. They are chosen because they are fit, not because of their gender, so people shouldn’t doubt their ability, just because of their gender. There are women in the military who showed their ability ten times better than the male that got kicked out did. Now, they have a chance to prove that they are just as good as the men in the military, and get the credit they deserve.

It’s important to be reading about this issue because for so many years women have been shot down just because of their gender and it’s not fair. In the military especially, women are willing going out and risking their lives just like all the men. They should be getting the same credit and opportunities because of that.




This post made me think of an issue I hadn’t considered before, just by reading your tittle I was already engaged and wanted to learn more. I did not have a complete understanding of the subject before reading this article. I didn’t know that women were banned to battle in the military. I do agree with you that both women and men should have an equal chance to participate in the military. Gender as we know it has separated us in many activities or events, such as sports. We are build differently but, women are categorized as being weak and unable to achieve the same things as men. In relation to my Myth of Race and the Reality of Racism class, gender can also correlate with race and racism. For instance, men are often viewed as stronger and superior to women; in comparison to slavery and that people of color are slaves because they are known to be “inferior” or different from Caucasians. In the end, it all comes down to equality and that everyone should have equal rights no matter what gender or race you are. Over all I really liked your article, it was well done!

Love the clever title! Inequality in the work force is a prominent topic of discussion although I was unaware of the challenges women face in the military so thank you for shedding some light upon that! However, I think saying gender is something women no longer have to deal with in the military is questionable. It would be interesting to further the research to see if women are paid as much as men or better, to see how many women have truly achieved the title of commander since the ban has been lifted.

Taking office jobs as an example, women and men are supposed to have equal opportunity in the work force. Despite this, women are often faced what we call a “Glass Ceiling”; an invisible barrier that prevents women from rising up the corporate ladder despite having the same qualifications as men. This is to say even though the ban has been lifted, the obstacle remains, but more discretely. Another example of this is seen through equal pay laws. If women and men are supposed to be making the same salary for doing the same job why are women in Canada making only 0.73 ¢ for every 1.00$ a man makes? Working towards equality is a difficult journey for women; we must not blindly accept that these laws will make the necessary change.

Here are just a few examples highlighting the obstacles women are “subtly” faced with in the work force despite equality laws being put into action. http://www.feminist.org/research/business/ewb_glass.html

The subject of this article an important one and as you said, the role of women in society has come a long way and deserves recognition. The title of your article is a very strong one because not only does it relate to the literal view of your article (women’s involvement in the military), but it also alludes to the continuous battle in which women fight for equality and opportunity.

Despite this major achievement of equality, there is undoubtedly still a lot of sexism that occurs within the military towards women. A cause of this could be that many men feel their masculinity is threatened when an occupation that was male-dominated suddenly becomes inclusive to women. In today’s society, the majority of young boys are taught that in order to achieve the celebrated view of hegemonic masculinity, they must be powerful and violent (among other things). When women become involved in an occupation that embodies both power and violence, many men can begin to feel emasculated. You mentioned how gender “is no longer a barrier to overcome,” but it is important to see that in some cases gender is still an obstacle for both men and women.

Here is a link to a photo collection by Mary F. Calvert that was featured in the 2016 World Press Photo contest. While it is not directly related to the achievement of women in the military, the subject of the work is the sexual assault and other hardships women face in America’s military.

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