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April 22, 2018

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Bias on the Battlefield
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In a time of war, when the need for military personnel is greatest, do restrictions on women and gay soldiers still make sense? Proponents of the existing policies say that, although times may be changing, war is not the time to make changes ### or engage in social experiments which they say could impact unit cohesion and morale. But opponents argue that now is exactly the right time. They question how we justify our fight to maintain a free and open society while denying some the right to fully serve to defend those freedoms. Are these rules serving legitimate aims or based on outdated stereotypes?

John Allen Williams is a Professor of Political Science at LoyolaUniversity- Chicago. He is Chair and President of theInter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, a group of scholars who study military issues.

Elizabeth Hillman is an Associate Professor of Law at RutgersUniversity - Camden where she teaches constitutional law and publishes and speaks about gays, lesbians and women in the military. Beth served as an officer in the US Air Force and was named ROTC National Cadet of the Year in 1988 by the Air Force Association. Her book, Defending America: Military Culture and the Cold War Court-Martial analyzes crime and culture in the modern armed forces. She holds a JD and PhD in history from Yale and is a member of the board of directors of the NationalInstitute of Military Justice.

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"Our aim is to recognize what Lincoln pointed out - the fact that there are some respects in which men are obviously not equal but, also insist that there should be an equality of self-respect and of mutual respect, an equality of rights before the law and at least an approximate equality in the conditions under which each obtains the chance to show the stuff that is in him when compared to his fellows."

— Theodore Roosevelt

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Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military
Center for Military Readiness
Women in Combat: An Annotated Bibliography
Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS)
Altnet Article: War Dames
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Don`t : A Reader`s Guide to the Military`s Anti-Gay Policy (Public Planet Books)
by Janet E. Halley
The Kinder, Gentler Military: How Political Correctness Affects Our Ability to Win Wars
by Stephanie Gutmann
The Postmodern Military : Armed Forces After the Cold War
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Race and the Justice System
Employment Discrimination Post-Ledbetter
The Women's Equality Amendment