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West 1 When comparing mens ability to womens ability there is no really a big difference Many people believe that differences do take place but how Both men and women have hopes dreams strengths weaknesses and goals Even though these similarities exist women are still sometimes thought to be lower than their male peers There have been many cases in which women felt they were being treated differently than the males around them But there should never be that problem of inequality between men and women in Americas defense system Both men and women have the right to serve in the military but many times women face discrimination and the problem of being not accepted possibly affecting womens ability to serve their country The military was fully integrated in the mid-1970s Yet twenty-some years later women are still trying to gain full equality In those past twenty years there have been many courageous women who have been fighting their way into record-breaking positions so their male peers would accept them Two of these women are Shannon Faulkner and Shannon Workman Faulkner was the first woman to become a cadet at the Citadel as she walked through the gates on August 12 1995 Faulkner entered the 152-year-old military school located in South Carolina as a knob or a first year cadet Upon her arrival the military made exceptions to certain rules for her one being that older male cadets could not go through her drawers looking for underwear that was not folded properly A private bathroom with surveillance cameras was also constructed for Faulkner to prevent any foul play The second of these two women was Shannon Workman In 1994 she became the first woman to qualify as a female pilot who was combat ready in the Navy Although the military and the public recognize women like Faulkner and Workman many women who work to reach their goals go unrecognized These women
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