Many have argued should women be allowed to serve in direct combat for decades. Activists have argued that women should be allowed to serve in combative roles, but many governmental and political officials as well as American citizens feel differently. Arguments of women who have been serving in the military since the Revolutionary War, many disguised as men has exposed them to combat, death and even becoming POW’s. Many women have been serving beside their fellow comrades for years and are capable of doing so without causing disruption of the unit cohesion or combat readiness. The controversial issues will be discussed, but before that let’s provide some historical insight on how women’s roles in the military have evolved.
The military is the place of combat and strength. It consists of men and now, even women, that fight to protect our loving country. As we go through our history, we can find that there are a few women that have braved the front lines as doctors, nurses, and even soldiers themselves, and now, the Pentagon has opened the window of about 220,000 military jobs to women. Theses previous women not only aided the soldiers, they were under the danger of being killed by stray bullets. If other women have followed their dreams, why can’t we?
Women had the role to influence and to encourage men to enlist. This was manly through propaganda, posters were designed and distributed around towns, which showed women with their arms around soldiers, feeling proud to be around family and friends who were enlisted. Some had romantic settings as the women looked out at an open window into nature as the soldiers marched passed off to war. Around the issue of conscription, women were involved in campaigning on both sides of the debate rather than just trying to get men to enlist. The techniques of propaganda and women became very popular throughout World War One although they did not seem too
However, once they joined and fully experienced what it meant to serve the armed forces, many nurses began to question the reasons for which they were promoting the war. In a chapter from World War I Primary Sources by Tom and Sara Pendergast, titled, “Diary Pages and a Field Letter”, written by a Kathe Russner, a German nurse serving on the Western warfront, details the daily struggles that the women had to face and later questions the need for the war. Because this is a firsthand account of the war, rather than a government sanctioned document or article of propaganda, there is reason to believe that information provided is unbiased, or at the very least, provides an accurate depiction of what went on. The account aligns with the notion that women who initially felt compelled to join the war effort in an attempt to do something of worth, soon realized amidst all the fighting and violence that the war itself was heedless and unnecessary. In her letter, Russner questions, “Why then, the sacrifice of all these lives?”, indicating a lack of understanding towards the reasons for the soldiers throwing themselves into
Twenty five percent of the marine corps jobs are closed to women(Mark) Most jobs in the military are not open to women because they are labeled weak and too feminine(Herbert). Women in the military would minimize discipline,and make for need of added sensitivity (Book). However, having women in the military could solve more problems and make for a better product(Mark) . Women in the military can lead to problems such as sexual harassment and deployment problems due to pregnancy(Pfluke). Women in the military is a significant issue in our society .
They strived at the thought of contributing to the war effort, country and society. In source B, we see a picture of strong women nursing the wounded, which plays a huge part to any war. For starters, without nurses, there would be no uninjured soldiers to defend our country. In front of them, we see 2 women. One woman is making a mockery of the other by making her seem stereotypical as a lady, and therefore useless when it comes to serious matter, the actual fighting.
This was a direct result of the transition to an all-volunteer force in 1973 and high demand for troops. Today, there have been great strides made to include women in virtually all programs in the military, even those that were completely closed to women such as combat deployments and the submarine forces. There are more than 214,000 women serving in the U.S. military, representing 14.6 percent of total service members. Around 280,000 women have worn American uniforms in Afghanistan and Iraq, where 144 have died and over 600 have been injured. Hundreds of female soldiers have received a Combat Action Badge, awarded for actively engaging with a hostile enemy (Mackenzie, 2012).
When the war broke out, women put their campaigns to get the vote on hold and focused on contributing to the war effort. Many women joined the Ministry of Munitions in 1915 to help to make ammunition for the soldiers at war. By the end of the war, there were over 30,000 munitionettes completing this dangerous job for low pay to demonstrate that they were willing to risk their lives to gain the vote. Over 90,000 women also joined the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) to look after injured soldiers. An example of a member of the VAD was Elsie Inglis.
No less than 2 million went into factories making planes, tanks, bayonets, bullets and bombs. (Tames, 1997) Job vacancies increased dramatically, women even began fighting in the war along-side men as organisations opened. Women were able to work independently and became free of their responsibilities they were born to have as decided by their community. The maths adds up to out of the 1 million Australian’s who served in the war, 7 per-cent of them were women (Prezi, 2015). By 1939, many young girls found employment in domestic services and between wars in 1928 a law was passed which stated that any person over the age of 21 could vote; male and female.
Do you know that the number of female soldiers has increased approximately 20% by the middle of the 20th century? Women are joining military services today more than ever. They have diverse reasons and purposes to serve in the army. Undoubtedly, women come across with considerable hardships, which may influence their lives negatively. Most women suffer from inconveniences both during serving and after demobilization or discrimination which includes sexual assault and gender diversity.