. and one might well add: unwritten, unrewarded, and unrecognized. William Cohen, “On Women in the Military,” 1997 Throughout our nation’s history, women have played an important role in the military. It has not been until recently however, that women have been able to fully contribute to the military and be recognized for their past achievements in this area. With this new recognition and admittance, many debates and problems have arisen.
Women in combat have served as long as men have and for many years have not been treated as equally as the men. For example, during World War II men have had all of the military status but women have been cut to 2 percent for the full military status (Global Issues). Women in the past could not be on front lines and didn’t get encouragement from the government. However in 1973, women were encouraged to join the military and finally got the same amount of respect and status as the men (Manilla Bulletin). Since the women did not have the same benefits as the men, the military changed the rule that gave women the same opportunity as the men.
Women in the Military is something that will take a lot of time because it has to start with people wanting to see women first and foremost as equal human beings who deserve equal opportunity in all aspects just like their male counterparts. People will have to be willing to set aside their old traditional views, so that they can begin to view Women in the military from a fresh liberal state of mind.
The Role of Women in the Military Women have always played significant parts in the United States military throughout the years; even though in the early years they where not allowed to enlist, they still performed certain duties that was vital to the military. However the roles that women have played have often been limited to certain duties. Women in the past where limited in what they where allowed to do, but more and more opportunities are opening for them as times change and women continue to fight for equal rights. Women over the years have had to overcome a lot of the cultural views on the roles women are expected to play, in order for them to be an accepted part of the military. Women have often been stereotyped as being weaker than their male peers and in earlier years the duties women where expected to play, where that of a homemaker.
Women have fought alongside men in the United States Military in every major battle since the American Revolution. The roles of women in the military have evolved over time to allow the incorporation of women in expanding military career fields. Women have proven themselves to be an asset to the military despite some of society believing women would weaken America’s military effectiveness. Today more than 200,000 women are active-duty military, this is about 14.5% of all military. Currently, women are involved in all branches of the Armed Forces; there are around 74,000 women in the Army, 62,000 in the Air Force, 53,000 in the Navy, and 14,000 in the Marine Corps (By the numbers: Women in the U.S. Military).
They serve on missile crews, operate heavy equipment, and direct air traffic. They also provide essential support to combat troops in the field (Holm). It appears that the United States military is in a position where women are so fully and flexibly involved in the organizational structure, that in a war, it would ... ... middle of paper ... ... serving in highly technical roles. Along with the changing role of women in the military, American attitudes a nature and roles of women in our society are also changing. Polls and statistics have shown that there is a clear tendency toward liberalization in terms of women’s roles.
This success is the strongest advocate for female access to combative positions. The proposal for female integration into combat also relies upon the consideration of combat's definition, gender equality, and the influence of sexist literature. This paper also examines the reasons why women have been kept away from the frontline, women's participation in violent rebel forces, and finally how women have succeeded within the military, especially within the realm of combat. I do not propose a uniform method for militaries to integrate their female members into war-rather, a specific approach be developed by the nation itself since women's rights and societal roles differ from country to country. While some nations have already recognized women as able for their forces' most aggressive roles, some only employ women in secretarial jobs.
Even though some people have their doubts, women are now able to serve in combat positions. In the next couple years’ women will be fully integrated into the U.S. Military. Works Cited Griffin, Rodman D. “What role should women play in the shrinking Military?”. Women in the Military. 25 Sept. 1992:841.
Obviously, this list is not all inclusive. Unfortunately, there is still one area that remains restricted to women. Women have assisted the military forces as far back as the Revolutionary War and yet there remains positions that women are excluded from. Female military personnel, having proven their ability to handle combat situations and having gained the support of the American public, should be permitted to volunteer for combat designated positions. A historical analysis will establish that women are capable of meeting the demands of war, having served in numerous combat and combat-support positions.