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Women in Combat, Feminism & Misogyny

This past January 24, the Pentagon announced it would be rescinding its longstanding policy preventing women from serving in direct ground combat positions. The decision, announced in a joint memorandum, enables women to begin moving into as many as 237,000 combat positions, a process that will not be fully complete until January 1, 2016.

Women make up 15 percent of the United States' military, and while their training prepares them to fight in situations that may be forced upon them, up till now military command has avoided intentionally placing them in direct combat roles.

The changes were prompted by a lawsuit brought by four U.S. servicewomen last fall against the Department of...


is the author of Saints and Scoundrels (Canon Press) and has a Ph.M. in history from King’s College, London. He is currently working on a Master’s in library science through the University of Oklahoma. He works as a freelance writer and researcher for a variety of publications and operates a blog at www.robinmarkphillips.com.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #25, Summer 2013 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo25/mixed-companies


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