For a long time, women have played a supportive role in the U.S. Armed Forces but in 2007, Spc Monica Lin Brown, an army medic ran through gunfire to rescue soldiers who were injured by insurgents and was awarded a Silver Star. Brown was only the second woman since World War II to earn the nation's third-highest combat medal. Her courage led to this question: Should women be allowed combat roles in the U.S. Armed Forces?
Unofficially, women have been on the front lines but the growing role of women in combat in the U.S. military is currently a hot topic in Congress. Despite the increasing opportunities for women in the U.S. armed forces, there are still restrictions on what roles or assignments women are allowed to fill in the military even though Congress, in 1994 passed the Women's Armed Services Integration Act, allowing women to officially serve in the regular active duty Armed Forces with certain restrictions.
This is a petition to Congress to speed up the process.
Gender Theories Class, Fall 2012 Principia College