American Congress Moves to Bar Women from Combat
Amendment passed by subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee may have far-reaching effects — will set back the role of women in the military by a generation*And from Boing-Boing:
This morning's (May 12 - Ed.) Washington Post reports on an amendment passed yesterday afternoon by the House Armed Services Committee which would bar women from service in "forward support companies" — defined very broadly — that have any chance whatsoever of seeing ground combat.
Pakistan's First Female Fighter Pilots "Doing Rather Well"
We risk getting lapped ... by Pakistan.
Until recently, most women in this conservative Muslim society would more likely have imagined marrying a dashing fighter pilot than being encouraged to become one. But this was not true for Saba Khan, one of four female cadets to make it through the gruelling first stages of training. Coming from an enlightened Pathan family in Quetta, capital of otherwise conservative Balochistan Province, Saba was initially inspired by one of her uncles who had been in the air force.
And she says the first newspaper advertisement seeking female cadets was like a dream come true.
"I always wanted to be a fighter pilot, and eventually with Allah's wish and the full support of my parents, I made it this far," she said. (copyright BBC)
Okay, it may be time to just say this. Everybody who wants to live in the 21st Century, over here. Everybody who misses the 1800's over there. Good, thanks. Good luck with that.
*(The AU-smarter-then-I Phil Carter, who served, points out the nine ways that this is craptacular, including the fact that women are right now serving spectacularly in combat in Iraq.)