Women in the Military

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.

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…

On the Agenda: Week of April 23 – 27, 2012

On the Agenda: Week of April 23 – 27, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:04pm

This week, Wednesday is a big day for immigrants' rights advocates: The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Arizona v. United States, the Justice Department's challenge to S.B. 1070, Arizona's racial profiling law. The ACLU will be participating…

Note to Military: Sexual Assault Includes Rape

Note to Military: Sexual Assault Includes Rape

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 5:59pm

The government has turned a blind eye to these crimes has allowed them to continue, imperiling the lives of victims and degrading their service.

DoD Comes Closer to Recognizing that Women Are Already Serving on the Front Lines

By Ariela Migdal, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Vania Leveille, Washington Legislative Office at 5:13pm

Last week, Pentagon officials got a few steps closer to recognizing what those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have known for years: servicewomen fight on the battlefield alongside their male counterparts, despite a longstanding rule barring them…

What Should Servicewomen Expect? Respect.

By Katherine Clemente, Women's Rights Project at 4:48pm

Last week, the Pentagon announced a change in policy that eased the ban on women serving in combat. This is a heartening step towards ending gender discrimination in the military and giving women who bravely serve our country the credit they have…

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.

Sen. Brown Should Seize Opportunity to Help Military Families

Sen. Brown Should Seize Opportunity to Help Military Families

By Carol Rose, Executive Director, ACLU of Massachusetts at 10:28am

Sen. Scott Brown can make good on his promise to support our troops and veterans this week by supporting a proposal by New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to ensure that military servicewomen and their families have the same access to medical care as…

The Shaheen Amendment Promises Basic Fairness for Servicewomen. Now Let's Get a Vote!

The Shaheen Amendment Promises Basic Fairness for Servicewomen. Now Let's Get a Vote!

By Sarah Lipton-Lubet, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:44pm

Today, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen took a historic stand for military women. Now it’s our turn to stand with her.

More than 400,000 women serve in the armed forces and put their lives at risk to preserve our rights and safeguard our freedom.…

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.

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