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Are we still being held back?

Updated on June 19, 2013

Did NYS forget about military women?

Many women in New York State are fighting for a bill called the Women's Equality Act. This piece of legislation has been blocked by a handful of old men who are not in favor of any progressive policies passing through New York.
I have failed to understand the reasoning behind blocking the Women’s Equality Act. It is a disgrace to all females and must be particularly insulting to women who have served in the United States Military. At the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Congress had never approved women for combat prior to these operations. Since then, the military has sent American women into combat. They needed these women. There had not been a draft and many of the same men were being repeatedly recalled for duty. These brave women fought alongside military men with less training for the job at hand and limited instruction. They have died and watched others die serving this country. Some have lost leg and limb. These women have all experienced the full range of emotional distress that men feel such as terror, kill or be killed, guilt, pain, fear, valor, and trauma. On top of that many are now homeless and out of a job. There is a great likelihood that some of these women have been raped by a fellow comrade. Now, after all these brave young women have been through the New York State has not passed the Women’s Equality Act. How dare these few men hold up this historic piece of legislation. Legislators at this very moment are working to change the wording of the bill and limit a woman’s reproductive rights among others things in this bill. How can we tell these women who have fought in combat that they are not equal to a man and not even entitled to the power over their own bodies and their own self written destiny? This is an outrage. Law or no law we are all equal in God's sight.


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      Howard Schneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Excellent Hub, Janeen. This type of legislation should be passed all around the nation. Hopefully the NYS legislature will pass it.