U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Joel LeMaistre.

Equality for women in the workplace comes up all the time in the media, in casual conversation, in sports, and even in political debate. It’s an unavoidable topic in the early 21st century. Not just wages, either, as it turns out even today women get pushed into staff jobs, and many evaluations are biased against them. The military is similar. Women are often told, “You can’t go to that assignment because you wouldn’t be able to shower,” or “It’s too dangerous for a female,” or “You can’t lift/hit/run/jump/lead that, women just aren’t ‘designed’ that way,” or a host of other excuses we are told are in our best interests.

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U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill

Lori Robinson wanted to be a teacher but didn't want to spend a fifth year hitting the books at the University of New Hampshire.

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Photo by Lance Cpl. D.J. Wu

“Sir, should we be walking by ourselves?”

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Photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Bacon

Today, 10% of the veterans population comprises women; we have been around since the American Revolution. So, why does the notion of “women veterans” seem foreign to most people? Why are women veterans treated differently?

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Photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie

Author’s Note: As with Part I, this has been edited from the original. To read the longer, less pretty version, click here.

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