Former U.S. Marine Says, "Let Women Be Warriors"
November 26, 2018: In a recent NY Times opinion piece, former Marine Teresa Fazio writes that the major impediment to women's success in combat units is not their performance but lack of acceptance by their male counterparts. Several countries have allowed women into combat units for years, including Canada, Israel, Norway and Sweden. Evidence gathered regarding military performance in these countries shows that gender-integrated combat teams are effective. According to Ms Fazio, "The question, then, is not whether women can be effective combat troops but whether a hypermasculine military culture can adjust. The potential benefits of having women in combat units argue for making that happen."
Read more: Let Women Be Warriors (nytimes.com)
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