Women in the Military

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. Do you think allowing women to serve in combat with strengthen or weaken our military?

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Late last month, the Pentagon lifted its ban on women serving in military combat positions. Proponents of the measure argue it will strengthen our defenses; opponents see it as a distraction at best and a liability at worst. This hour explores the affect of gender on our military and weighs the pros and cons of the recent change.

Guests

  • 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.