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Women can serve too

Photograph of Misty Chantz serving overseas in Iraq.

Photograph of Misty Chantz serving overseas in Iraq.

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The front lines are for everyone

    For centuries women have been pushed around, forced into handling the responsibilities of all those around them and dehumanized for the way they look. Life was unfair to them. Discrimination was an aspect of life that was normalized into society and room for change was unnecessary.

    Women earned their right to vote in 1920 and have slowly developed the same rights as men as time has gone by. If any man is being sexist towards a woman, they’re in the wrong.

Suppose you were in the armed forces and the men all around you only knew how to look down on you. Is it for the reason that you don’t look as strong? Or is it because you are just as brave?

Even though women vote, earn jobs, and get paid, they’re still being discriminated against. Society doesn’t want to address the fact that men do not want women serving on the front lines in battle with them. Some, but not all men believe that women do not deserve a spot on the front lines. That shouldn’t be their decision to make; it should be up to the women. Bravery is determined by dedication and selflessness, not by your gender.

   Fun Fact: Did you know that over 2.7% of the United States soldiers serving on the frontlines are made up entirely of women? Out of all the veterans in America, 1,853,690 are women. Crazy right?

Plenty of times men have said that women are distracting and that they cannot focus with women standing beside them as they fight the enemy. It isn’t a woman’s fault if a man can’t concentrate on protecting the country they serve. Being in the armed forces isn’t a job for everyone. If people can handle stress and emotional and physical trauma, then they have what it takes to fight for their country. If men have issues with women fighting alongside them during a war, then they themselves do not deserve a place on the battlefield.

   Some children, like myself, have parents in the armed forces. My mother has served for fifteen years, and in all her years, no one has dared to comment on her serving. Although she is not a soldier fighting on the frontlines, she does have friends who fight and lose their lives defending their country. She has seen things, heard things and lived through things that still traumatize her in her everyday life. But who are we to say she cannot handle her job? Who are we to say she isn’t strong enough to fight alongside her brothers in arms? Disrespect and never-ending shaming towards women need to change.

      To all the women reading this, you are worth it and your life matters. You’re free and you’re strong. Never let a man belittle you because you are a woman.

 

 

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