The next playing field for gender equality might just be the battle field. An amendment added to a defense bill last week would require that women register for the draft. The House Armed Services Committee approved the change by a 32 to 30 vote.
The move is considered a major win for gender equality for some while others are still arguing the fact that the draft should be a thing of the past altogether.
Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, told The Hill that she supports the draft. “If we want equality in this country, if we want women to be treated precisely like men are treated and that they should not be discriminated against, then we should support a universal conscription,” Speier said.
The full House of Representatives will consider the bill next month, The Associated Press reports. Under current requirements from the Selective Service System, men aged 18 to 26 are required to register for the draft.
What are your thoughts? Do you think women should be required to register for the draft or is it a ridiculous idea to herald this possible change as a step towards gender equality when we haven’t successfully tackled the issue of equal pay?