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Women in the United States have long fought for the right to be included in many facets of society such as the right to vote to breaking into professions like the medical field and getting females elected to major government offices But one of the most intriguing questions of integration has yet to be fully answered Apart from all others is the battle to allow women the right the honor and the privilege of serving and defending their country as part of the United States Armed Forces Being in the military means prestige honor pride and the satisfaction that comes along with engaging what is considered one of the most valiant and traditionally revered professions in our country However there has always been and continues to be considerable debate in this country as to exactly what extent women should be allowed to serve their country and what the effects and trade-offs of such integration might be Sex scandals such as what happened at the Tailhook convention in 1991 or the misconduct of former Lt Kelly Flinn have served to raise questions about military integration Can female and male military personnel be combined without the military losing some of its effectiveness Can women be as good at being soldiers sailors naval aviators and fighter pilots as men Should women be allowed in the line of fire and in direct combat What role should sexual harassment and fraternization play in the combination of women into the military The real question essentially is not whether women can serve in any military capacity at all The real question is whether or not women should be allowed in combat To understand this debate it is important as it is with any such discussion to put the issue into historical context to better understand where things stand today The following are some notable events to date in the evolution of the effort to get women more involved in the
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