Women in the Military

Excluding Women from Combat Is Just Plain Wrong: A Navy Captain's Story

Excluding Women from Combat Is Just Plain Wrong: A Navy Captain's Story

By Dwayne Oslund, USN (Ret.) at 10:29am

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...

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…

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…

Tweet to Restore Fairness to Servicewomen

Tweet to Restore Fairness to Servicewomen

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 3:12pm

We are defending a Constitution that doesn’t apply to us.

Those are the words that a young servicewoman, Jessica Kenyon, shared with us last year.  Jessica joined the U.S. Army in 2005, and while she was stationed in Korea she…

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…

Military Heroes Speak Out Against Military Ban on Abortion Coverage in New Ad Campaign

Military Heroes Speak Out Against Military Ban on Abortion Coverage in New Ad Campaign

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 10:03am

The ACLU, in conjunction with a group of retired military leaders and veterans, launched a new ad campaign today targeting the Department of Defense’s ban on servicewomen using their insurance to pay for abortion services if they become pregnant…

Women in Combat: The Marines Take An Important First Step, But More Is Needed to Ensure Full Equality.

Women in Combat: The Marines Take An Important First Step, But More Is Needed to Ensure Full Equality.

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 3:29pm

Less than three months after the Pentagon announced that it was loosening the rules that bar women from being assigned to ground combat units, the Marine Corps followed suit, taking important steps to open up previously restricted opportunities…

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.

MARCH Onward for our Military Women!

MARCH Onward for our Military Women!

By Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office & Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 3:01pm

Enactment of last year's National Defense Authorization Act brought about a long overdue and welcome change on the military health care front by allowing military women and dependents to receive insurance coverage for abortion in cases of rape or incest.…

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…

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