Women in Combat Addressed by Candidates

by NeW Staff on October 14, 2008 · 0 comments

One of the biggest fears of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment was the possibility that it would require women to enter the draft. As a result, the forerunners of counter-feminism led the movement to defeat the amendment, and the draft argument contributed greatly to shifting the opinions of legislators and constituents.

And now during the Presidential election, the issue of women in combat is again being discussed. In a recent article, the contrasting views of McCain and Obama are quite apparent:

“The two presidential candidates disagree on a key foundation of any future draft: Mr. Obama supports a requirement for both men and women to register with the Selective Service, while Mr. McCain doesn't think women should have to register.”

The implications of Obama's statement are significant for women, and these recent remarks should not be ignored.

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