Introduction Today in the United States military we are seeing more women become a part of the armed forces and serving our country. For me I believe this to be an accomplishment for women who chose to work in a field that is overly dominated and run by men. As for the world there are only 3% of women that make up the worlds military personnel(Herrmann, I., & Palmieri, D. 2010).There are some aspects of women being in the military and serving our country where these women are not being treated equal. Women have come a long way through many types of inequalities over the years, but the U.S. military is still an aspect that is lacking which if more women were included could add to the military’s overall strength. The U.S. Military seems to be playing a game to see who is better or to see who is more capable to protect our country.
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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.
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.
There are about a dozen countries worldwide that have allowed women to serve in every position in their military, including combat and submarine units, for many years. Throughout our nations history women have played an important role in the military; however, it was not until recent years that they have been able to fully contribute to the military in all areas. All throughout history there are examples showing that women are just as capable of hand-to-hand combat and leading an army as men are. In past centuries the most common occasion in which women would take part in battle was if their castle, homes, or towns were being attacked. In medieval times a women was expected to defend her home if her husband was not there.
These expectations are referred to as gender norms and a... ... middle of paper ... ... arms job, but those that are interested should be given the chance to do so. They should be given the opportunity because they are already there. References Casey, L. "Women in Combat", Academic Essays and Debates on Women in the Military: Military Woman Magazine. December 19, 1997.http://www.militarywoman.org/academic.htm Elshtain, Jean Bethke. "Feminism and War."
Military studies are relevant to women's history, because they serve to illuminate the extremely demanding conditions under which women have successfully served in, or in support of the US Armed Forces. An improved understanding of this facet of history serves to inform the contemporary debate over women in the military and provides a useful field of study for women seeking to enter the profession of arms. Throughout history woman have fought for many rights, because they felt as though they should be held as the same equal as their male counterparts. They have fought for a few rights like: voting, being able to have jobs, and the right to fight in the military. Woman in the military has been a hot topic for a very long time and still reigns true today.
Even though 14 percent of the military`s 1.4 million are women, they are still asking to fight on the front line (Harris 1). Women should fight in combat situations because they have changed people`s mind about war and everyone is given an equal chance; however many women cannot meet requirements set by men. Women have changed people`s ideas on war for the past two centuries of American history. “People are realizing females have contributed to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan,” stated Professor Megan Mackenzie (Harris 2). Although women are not fighting on the front lines, they help in many different ways in the military such as being nurses and women Air force Service Pilots.
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