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Drafting for equality

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For centuries, when war broke out, the men would march off into the distance, leaving the women behind to cook, clean and take care of the household. Now, we have arrived in a time period, the 21st century, where men and women are presumed equal. It took decades to get us to where we are. It took hard work and dedication by the women before us and it will continue to take a toll on the women to come. We demand equality in all aspects. We want equal pay, equal rights, equal judgment. Yet, it’s still only the men getting drafted, only the men marching into oblivion, no female counterparts by their sides, only men.

Women say they want equality, but in order to have that, we can’t pick and choose which parts we want to be equal. We don’t want to be forced to have children, we want to be CEOs and get paid more, but beggars can’t be choosers. If we really want to be equal, we need to be drafted.

“If women want equality, they shouldn’t be able to pick what they want to be equal in,” senior Ian Lewis said.

Last year, in June 2016, the military policy bill was approved by the Senate. This bill entailed that eventually, women would be required to register for the draft. However, as of April 2017, the bill was restructured so that the language requiring women to register was removed. Eventually, the bill passed with only a hint at its original intention, a call for a review of the standing rules.

Currently, all 18 through 25-year-old males in the US are required to register with the selective service system. This is the system that drafts people during a time of war.  

“Yea it’s scary and I wouldn’t want to get drafted, but in order to truly be equal, we have to take the bad and the good opportunities, not just one or the other,” junior Avery Wyscarver said.

Many call into question the situation in which a woman is pregnant.

“I’m all for women’s rights and equality, but I just wonder what would happen if a woman was pregnant,” senior Kylee Palombo said. “Would she still get drafted?”

This is a major concern with an easy solution. Women currently in the military are able to get a leave of absence and the same would go for drafted women. If Trump can get out of a draft, so can pregnant women with a legitimate reason. Just because women give birth doesn’t mean that they should be exempt from the drafting process.

A larger female presence will make the military more equitable, smarter, and more agile. Many recent studies have shown that corporations with women board members are in general more profitable. It’s true that most of the time, women are smaller than men and usually less strong, but that doesn’t speak at all for their mental abilities. According to leading intelligence researcher, James Flynn, until equality in education for women and men came around, women’s IQ scores had lagged behind men’s, but they quickly became equal and eventually surpassed the average score of males.

In the future, maybe that image of soldiers marching off to war will be different. Maybe it will be full of both sexes, marching side by side. Two groups united by the task at hand, receiving equal payment, equal treatment, equal work.

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