2003-01-25 / Letters

Woman Must Be Drafted Too!

Woman Must Be Drafted Too!

Dear Editor;

On January 7, Rep. Charles Rangel introduced a bill that would bring back the draft. It would require allow 18-26 year old Americans to complete two years of military service or civilian service. The goal of this bill is to spread the burden of freedom and make all Americans sacrifice equally during times of war.

In order for all Americans to sacrifice equally, an equal amount of young women as young men must be drafted into the military. Women should not be allowed to take cushy civilian jobs, while young men get drafted into the military. For every young man drafted into the military, a young woman must be drafted into the military. The draft should not just aim to achieve equality among different races and between the rich and poor, but between the two genders as well.

After all, if a couple of women being excluded from a golf club is front-page news across the nation, then the exclusion of young women from the military draft should be front-page news across the nation. The bottom line is that an all-male draft is total sex discrimination.

TIM FREEMAN


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