Juliette Kayyem on allowing women to fight in wars

War’s glass ceiling
The Boston Globe
February 2, 2012
Op-ed by: Juliette Kayyem, lecturer in public policy with the Belfer Center and member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: Allowing women to fight in wars

“OVER 130 women have died in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and yet they were not in combat. This paradox — women fight in wars but are not assigned to fighting in wars due to the Pentagon’s exclusionary policy — is at the center of a long-simmering debate that has avoided much of the Lady Gaga-ness surrounding repeal of the military’s ban on homosexuals. But if 2011 was the year of ending the “don’t ask, don’t tell” prohibition, 2012 begins with hints about a significant policy transformation regarding women in combat.”

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