Women in the Military

House Approves Measure to Bar Women From Draft

The Republican-led House backed a measure Thursday that seeks to bar women from being required to register for a potential military draft, a victory for social conservatives who fear that forcing females to sign up is another step toward the blurring of gender lines. By a vote of 217 to 203, lawmakers approved an amendment that would block the S... more

VA Creates Partnership With LeanIn.org to Help Women Veterans

First Lt. Anja Nelson, a team leader with a female engagement team assigned to the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, engages with women and children during a census in southern Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (Photo by Spc. Crystal Davis)

The VA is creating a public/private partnership with LeanIn.org to empower woman veterans to achieve their ambitions. With 10% of the veteran population being women, and 20% of today's military comprised of women, the women veteran's community is the fastest growing subset of American veterans. This new partnership aims to assist women in navi... more

Carter Telling Military to Open All Combat Jobs to Women

First Lt. Anja Nelson, a team leader with a female engagement team assigned to the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, engages with women and children during a census in southern Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (Photo by Spc. Crystal Davis)

WASHINGTON -- The Associated Press has learned that Defense Secretary Ash Carter will order the military to open all combat jobs to women, and is giving the armed services until Jan. 1 to submit plans to make the historic change. Carter's announcement is expected later Thursday. It rebuffs arguments from the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman that... more

One Year Later, Women Still Shut Out of Quarter Million Military Jobs

A USAF basic trainee crosses the Horizontal Rope obstacle at the Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills Training site at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, April 8, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Trevor Tiernan)

Less than a year from an integration deadline, nearly a quarter-million positions remain closed to women in the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines as of March, along with 25,700 positions still closed to women by the U.S. Special Operations Command, according to Government Accountability Office data. The four services have opened up 91,000 posit... more

Military Bases Struggle With Breast-Feeding Policies

Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda Langendoefer breast-feeds her baby on the streets of San Diego. Courtesy of Vanessa A. Simmons

SEOUL, South Korea -- For the second time in three months, a military command has quickly rescinded a breast-feeding policy that was seen as too restrictive by nursing mothers. This week, U.S. Army Hawaii pulled back its breast-feeding policy just days after it was issued, after mothers bristled at a requirement to nurse "discreetly" and cover ... more

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