Monday, August 18, 2003

Israel: still trying to convince people women can handle combat

Women in Israel have served in the military since the country was founded ... but they served in non-combat roles. In 1995, they won the right to go into combat and as this article shows, dispite their success, people still aren't convinced women can/should be in combat.

Here's a bit from the article:
... At stake in the controversy was more than a woman's right to fight for her country. The military is one of the nation's most respected institutions. Its elite fighters begin their career rated as the nation's biggest heartthrobs and often become national heroes. A career in the defense forces is the steppingstone to power and prestige, with revered soldiers often dominating Israel's business and political life.

.... Orthodox Jews, exempt from military duty on religious grounds, are as much a hindrance to women getting equal opportunity in the military as sexism within the armed forces.