Imagine a big war has suddenly broke out with America and another country. The military suddenly realizes that in order to better their army and be stronger, they need more people to join and fight along with them. The military decides their needs to be a draft. However, men are the only ones eligible to be apart of the draft. Should this be something that should be changed with the military? Should women also be apart of the draft?
Some people say that women should be in the draft because nowadays, men and women should be considered equal. With the advancement of equality in the American society, these people argue that the armed forces should not be excluded from the growing new reputation America is trying to get. 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). This is a statistic from 2011 that shows people that complete equality between men and women has still not fully been reached. Furthermore, those opposed women and the draft argue that if America has not completely reached full equality within the genders, then neither should the army. Both of these articles bring up good points about why women should either be in the draft or not in the draft.
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Kirkwood, R. Cort. "Women Should Not Be Eligible for the Draft." Gale Opposing Viewpoints. 2008. Web. 20 Mar. 2012.
Ode, Kim. "Sexual Trauma: Women Vets' Secret War." ProQuest, 18 Dec. 2010. Web. 20 Mar. 2012.
Rampell, Catherine. "The Gender Pay Gap by Industry." Economix Blog. 17 Feb. 2011. Web. 20 Mar. 2012.
"Update: Women in the Military." Issues and Controversies. Facts On File News Services, 29 May 2007. Web.
Viahos, Kelly Beucar. "Women Are Not Prepared to Serve in Combat." Gale Opposing Viewpoints, 2012. Web. 20 Mar. 2012.
Williams, Rudi. "United States Department of Defense." Defense.gov News Article: Civilian Women Played Major Role in World War II Victory. 30 May 2004. Web. 20 Mar. 2012.
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