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. In his career, General Martin Dempsey has noticed an improvement in the culture, discipline, and physical prowess since women first joined the military (Harris 2). Leon E. Panetta once stated that women are willing to fight and die alongside men, proving that everyone is committed to the job (Roulo 2). In November of 2012, four female soldiers planned to sue the Department of Defense because the “brass ceiling” was stopping them from proving they could fight (Harris 1). The American Civil Liberties Union and others supported them because they thought the military was discriminating against women (Harris 1).
Although it had got worse since the end of the war it should be recognised that women's role in society had been greatly improved since the days before the First World War. During the Second World War many of the men were conscripted to go away to war. This meant that their jobs now needed to be filled in order for the country to work., women got jobs in all areas of employment from working in manual labour to working in banks. They also managed to prove that they could do the jobs just as well as men and were able to work in jobs that had previously been for men only. Gaining all these new jobs had been a huge leap towards women gaining equality with men, however when the men returned from war most if the women lost their war time jobs.
Women then took their stand and many acts were passes in their favor. In this essay I shall be discussing the many different requirements women went through during World War II, their postwar abilities, and the discussion of what the men in the past had against the women of today. The war's demand, the war had made the proposition to the women to do the man's work (Leahy, pg.35). Women were encouraged to take these jobs for the first time in history. To some it was a shock but to many it was a divine privilege.
All I wanted to do was get in the factory, because they were payin more than what I'd been makin. Which was forty dollars a week, which was pretty good considering I'd been makin about twenty dollars a week. When I left Tennessee I was only makin two-fifty a week, so that was quite a jump (114)." Terry had never been able to provide for herself as she was able to during the war. " Now we'd have money to buy shoes and a dress and pay rent and get some food on the table.
Many people are concerned that the women will be used as a prisoner of war, lack physical strength that will disable them in a mission, or wouldn't be equipped to handle stress situations. Women have proven themselves otherwise. Data from the 2011 class at West Point shows that 50 percent of female Cadets, a select group, passes the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) using the male standards. A percentage of women are just as efficient as men. New research suggests that women can enhance combat performances of the military without disrupting... ... middle of paper ... ...nuary, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army General Martin E. Depsey announced to demolish all unnecessary gender based barriers to service.
Now is the time for the all military branches of service to change both their views and policies regarding women in combat. This paper will explore the need for the military to change its views on women serving in combat roles, the arguments both for and against the change, and recommendations on how the change is a positive improvement for the Air Force. Women have been honorably serving in the military for decades. The current wars of this generation are unlike any others fought in the past. Technological advancements have changed the way many jobs are completed, making them more mechanized and less strength-dependent.
Hence, those who support women being apart of the draft argue this point. According to “Update: Women in the Military”, women have become way more involved in the army (1). From this, supporters of women joining the draft argue that their involvement in the draft should also reflect on their increasing involvement in the army. However, those who are opposed women being apart of the draft argue that equality within men and women is an unrealistic mindset. This is proven in the New York Times with Catherine Rampell’s when she writes “Women earn 92.2 cents on the dollar of what men earn” (1).
These feminist activists accept the policy for men as the standard and seek to apply that policy to women. Thus the support making women eligible for the draft and assigning them to combat arms even on a non-voluntary basis when necessary. Military women, however, tend to fell that compulsory service for women is regressive, and instead believe that serving in the military and in a combat role should be voluntary for both men and women. When asked to choose between the status quo and a compulsory policy, most female soldiers support a policy matching Army needs with the women's choices, skills and abilities(1). This is the basic formula used to assign men to occupational specialties.
Kidron claims, that women are not just as equally part of the support group alongside men. In addition, Lt Col Jennie Carignan claims that men under her command respect her, because just like a man, she had to earn her place. Thus, it is only just and equitable for women to be allowed the same opportunities as men in the military. One benefit of expanding women’s roles in the military is that in present day, there is les... ... middle of paper ... .... Conclusion Throughout our many readings during the semester, numerous articles touch upon the debate question whether expanding women’s roles in the military is beneficial or hinders on military advancement.
Gender Wage Gap The gender wage gap is a well-known aspect of our gender inequality in America. In April of 2013 the 50th anniversary of the equal pay act of 1963 was celebrated, this act was the declaration of "unconscionable practice of paying female employees less wages than male employees for the same job" (huffingtonpost) when signed. However we have even yet to see any changes 50 years later. To this day woman are still getting paid approximately 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. Now this may seem like a very small amount, but if added up into an entire years income it can make a significant difference in pay checks between men and woman.