Women in the Military

Women in Combat: Policy, Meet Reality

Women in Combat: Policy, Meet Reality

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:33pm
Until today, official United States policy banned all women from being assigned to ground combat units. The policy was military-wide and covered our whole gender – no exceptions for women who were fast, strong, excellent marksmen, good at keeping calm under fire, or able to take and give directions in a high-octane situation. It was one of the last remaining relics of official government exclusion of women.
Why Servicewomen Are Suing To Challenge The Combat Exclusion Policy

Why Servicewomen Are Suing To Challenge The Combat Exclusion Policy

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 9:40am

Last week, four servicewomen who served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with the Service Women’s Action Network, sued the Secretary of Defense in federal court to challenge the combat exclusion policy.  This policy prevents women…

An Injustice Faced by our Military Women

An Injustice Faced by our Military Women

By Captain Joellen Drag Oslund, USNR (Ret.) at 2:06pm

A longer version of this post originally ran as an opinion piece in in U-T San Diego on Nov. 23, 2012. The Senate is currently debating the defense authorization bill, including the language regarding the ban on military insurance coverage for abortion…

Combat Exclusion for Women Should No Longer Be the Rule

Combat Exclusion for Women Should No Longer Be the Rule

By Tiseme Zegeye, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 9:53am

The combat exclusion rule ignores the reality of modern warfare. Women are already serving in combat, and at present, 139 women have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Her Service and Sacrifice Demand Fairness and Equal Treatment from Congress

Her Service and Sacrifice Demand Fairness and Equal Treatment from Congress

By Maj. Gen. Gale S. Pollock, (Ret.), Army Nurse Corps, CRNA, FACHE, FAAN at 2:05pm

Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock writes about her support of the Shaheen amendment, that would provide servicewomen with abortion coverage in cases of rape and incest.

Soldiering On: The Fight for Greater Equality in the Military Continues

Soldiering On: The Fight for Greater Equality in the Military Continues

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office & Alicia Gay, ACLU at 4:31pm

This Veterans' Day, we thank our service men and women for their dedication, and we celebrate the strides our country has made towards greater equality in the armed forces.

We Must Honor the Service of All Veterans, Including Sexual Assault Victims

We Must Honor the Service of All Veterans, Including Sexual Assault Victims

By Sandra Park, ACLU at 4:55pm

Twenty-three years.  That’s how long it took Ruth Moore, who served in the Navy, was raped by her supervisor, and suffers from night terrors, panic attacks, and insomnia, to obtain disability compensation. On Wednesday, the Subcommittee…

Three-Star General Targets Military Ban on Abortion Coverage in New Ad

Three-Star General Targets Military Ban on Abortion Coverage in New Ad

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 10:56am
This week we let you know about an exciting new ad campaign created by a coalition of retired military leaders and veterans – Stand With Servicewomen. The ads target the unfair ban on servicewomen using their insurance to pay for abortion services…
ACLU Lens: Shaheen Amendment Draws Support from Retired Military

ACLU Lens: Shaheen Amendment Draws Support from Retired Military

By Amanda Simon at 10:14am

Last week, during its markup of the National Defense Authorization (NDAA) bill, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to include a much-needed and overdue amendment to help servicewomen when they need it most. The amendment, offered by Sen. Jeanne…

Baloney! A Message to the Women in Combat Naysayers

Baloney! A Message to the Women in Combat Naysayers

By Lory Manning, USN (Ret.) at 10:37am

On January 24, 2013, we saw a great victory for U.S. servicewomen when the Department of Defense announced it was ending the ban on women serving in combat units and occupational specialties. As the Pentagon and the armed services begin implementing…

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