Megan H. MacKenzie (right), a Lecturer in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney in Australia, and author of Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security, and Post-Conflict Development, published this past August by New York University Press. The quotation above is from MacKenzie's recent Daily Beast op-ed, in which she argued that combat assignments should be opened to women in the U.S. armed forces. The op-ed condensed MacKenzie's article in the just-released November/December edition of Foreign Affairs; that article is available for purchase here. IntLawGrrls' prior posts on women in the military are available here.
'Just as when African Americans were fully integrated into the military and DADT was repealed, lifting the combat ban on women would not threaten national security or the cohesiveness of military units; rather, it would bring formal policies in line with current practices and allow the armed forces to overcome their misogynistic past. In a modern military, women should have the right to fight.'
Monday, November 5, 2012
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