Women in Combat Addressed by Candidates

October 14, 2008 | NeW Staff

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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