U.S. Army/Spc. Noelle E. Wiehe, 50th Public Affairs Detachment, 3rd Infantry Division
I got married at 19, a decision made in haste as my boyfriend at that time was getting ready to ship off to Fort Benning, Ga., and I was getting ready to leave for basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. It only took a few months of us being at our first duty station before I became pregnant. I know what you are thinking, because one of my NCOs, a woman I still deeply admire, made it clear to me that she didn't think women in the military should get pregnant during their first enlistment.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Remember the other day we were arguing about whether male and female military commanders are judged differently? Well, here is some data. Researchers from the Naval War College and the Naval Academy have sifted through 81,000 evaluations of 4,000 officers.
During a recent chat with a fellow Marine, the Marines United scandal and debate about gender within the Corps inevitably came up. We’d been catching up, talking about our families and careers, but the mention of gender brought an eye-roll from our friend.
Smashing the patriarchy isn’t as simple as flipping a switch. It’s a painstaking, persistent process of challenging the myriad ways society puts women in a box. Everyone has a role to play in the struggle, from equal pay for equal work to less lofty, but equally vital, gender-equity objectives.