“Due partly to unequal presence of women in the military women still experience sexual harassment to some degree. The Women in the Military panel discussion at E.J. Thomas Hall Tuesday evening featured four women who have experienced sexual harassment or discrimination during their service.””
Due partly to unequal presence of women in the military women still experience sexual harassment to some degree.The Women in the Military panel discussion at E.J. Thomas Hall Tuesday evening featured four women who have experienced sexual harassment or discrimination during their service. The multi-generational panel was moderated by Laura Conley, the director of UA adult focus. She began the discussion by saying that stories do not always get told because people do not always have a voice. The role of women in the military has changed over the last thirty years, but gender issues are still prevalent in many areas of the service.Two of the women, Sue Rasor-Greenhalgh and Janet Corey, both enlisted in 1977 and they believed that they had many more institutional restrictions placed upon them because of their gender than Amy Baechel, who enlisted in 1994 and Ashley Freeman, who enlisted in 2002.Corey, for instance, recalled an experience where it was made clear to her that her skills were less valued than her male counterparts. She also told those listening that despite her abilities she could not serve on a boat because of archaic, and sexist, military policy.I was bothered that some who were not as good as me were given an opportunity simply because they had a penis, she said.Women can now serve on boats but they still cannot serve on submarinesand in various other areas of the military. The difference in level of institutional prejudice is due to women who fought for the increased rights and opportunities. Equality in military policy has still not been achieved.The panel event wrapped up Women’s History Month on campus.