Women in the Military

September 25, 1992 • Volume 2, Issue 36
What role should women play in the shrinking military?
By Rodman D. Griffin


The Persian Gulf War was a watershed event for women in the military. For the first time, American women were stationed alongside men in a prolonged conflict. The stellar performance of more than 40,000 female troops during the war has mobilized many in Congress -- and some in the military -- to push for a broader role for women in the armed forces, including combat. But many observers contend that the male-dominated military culture is not prepared to accept women as equals. As evidence they point to recent disclosures about pervasive sexual harassment, including the widely publicized Tailhook incident. The controversy comes at a difficult time for the armed forces, which are under federal mandate to reduce their ranks by 25 percent by 1995.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Women and Work
Jul. 02, 2021  Women in the Workplace
Nov. 08, 2019  The Gender Pay Gap
Oct. 27, 2017  Workplace Sexual Harassment
Jul. 26, 2013  Women and Work
Apr. 14, 2006  Future of Feminism
Apr. 04, 2003  Mothers' Movement
Sep. 25, 1992  Women in the Military
May 10, 1985  Women's Economic Equity
Jul. 10, 1981  Women in the Military
Mar. 20, 1981  Equal Pay Fight
Jul. 04, 1980  Women in the Executive Suite
Jul. 13, 1979  Two-Income Families
Feb. 18, 1977  Women in the Work Force
Feb. 13, 1957  Woman's Place in the Economy
Apr. 22, 1944  Women Workers After the War
Jan. 26, 1942  Women in War Work
Jul. 13, 1926  Sex Equality and Protective Laws
Civil Rights: Women
Equal Employment Opportunity & Discrimination
Women in the Military