Women in Military Combat

Soldiers test new female body armor prototype

Photo: U.S. Army Materiel Command (Flickr)

A female soldier tries out new a new body armor prototype. Will women in combat roles strengthen or weaken our military?



The Pentagon has lifted its ban on women serving in military combat positions. Proponents of the decision argue it will strengthen our defenses; opponents see it as a distraction at best and a liability at worst.


  • Tanya Biank,  journalist and author of “UNDAUNTED: The Real Story of America’s Service Women in Today’s Military”
  • Phyllis Schlafly, conservative activist, author, and founder of the Eagle Forum
  • Jennifer Hlad, reporter for Stars and Stripes

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  • mjjohnson

    I enjoyed the questions you (Ann Fisher) asked and the topics you and your guests talked about. I was also surprised at how rude Phyllis Schlafly was, but I think you did a good job accommodating her and also keeping things on track.