In the United States, women are not treated as equals to men. In the workplace, men are paid more than women are. Women are often denied jobs because of being married or having children and are also discriminated against within the military simply because of their gender. The Rainbow Party believes that women deserve to be treated the same way that men are. Workplace equality needs to be established to protect the rights of every United States citizen.
There is a significant wage gap between female and male citizens. Although the percentage of the wage gap varies per state, this is still a huge issue. In 2015, the average full time working women in the United States was making 80 cents to every dollar a man working the same full time job was making. As seen in this table, New York is the closest to having equal pay for women and men and Wyoming is currently the farthest from equality with a women making only 64 cents to every dollar a man makes. Women should be paid the same amount as a man would if they’re both doing the same job. The current wage gaps need to be completely eliminated and wage equality needs to be established for every citizen in the United States regardless of gender.
Women are also discriminated against, at times, because they are married and/or have children. A married women may be denied a job that has frequent overnight trips involving male coworkers because it is assumed that the husband will become jealous. Stereotypes like this need to be eliminated. A mother may also be denied a job because of the society expectation that she should be caring for her children or having to take leave from work because of having children. Women are not made to create children and take care of them and forget about their own dreams so men can work and earn a living for the family. The Rainbow Party would create laws banning employers from stereotyping women based on marriage and having children.
Women in the Marine Corps Infantry
Women were first allowed to join the military in 1917-1918, the final two years of World War I. They served as nurses and support staff but never were allowed to fight any battles. Over time, societal views have changed and more military positions are now available for women, however, the United States Marines have not fully integrated women into the Marine Corps Infantry. As defined by the United States Marine Corps, infantry is the primary component of Marine ground force combat and infantry Marines are trained to locate and destroy the enemy by fire or other maneuvers. As of May 2016, the USMC had allowed the first two women to join the infantry, one as a riflemen and one as a machine gunner. That makes two women TOTAL to be apart of the infantry.
Military officials often use the excuse that including more women in the infantry will lead to more sexual assaults. Sexual assaults are prevalent throughout the entire United States society but this is hardly a reason to prohibit women from being in the infantry.
“Capt Serrano makes the point that “incorporating women into infantry ranks will increase the number of cases [of sexual assault/harassment] in infantry units,” and that is a serious concern that we will need to address. However, this is a narrow view of looking at a larger problem of sexual assault and harassment that is prevalent throughout all sectors of U.S. society, and we should not punish women (the vast
majority of victims) by keeping them out of the infantry because they could become victims. By that logic, since one in five women who attend college will be a victim of sexual assault, we should not send our daughters to college, so they do not become victims either. Moreover, if a (male infantry) Marine is willing to assault another (female infantry) Marine, what is to say that he will not assault a civilian woman back in garrison or a foreign national while deployed? Simply put, removing women from the infantry is not a guarantor of removing the problem of sexual assault from the infantry.“ – Capt Eric Hovey
The above statement by Captain Hovey is a perfect representation of the Rainbow Party’s views on women being excluded from infantry positions because of sexual assaults occurring. Men should be held responsible for everything they do especially if they sexually assault someone. If men control their sexual attractions and don’t act on them, women being apart of the infantry wouldn’t have sexual assault as a reason for being excluded. It’s not a hard concept to grasp, if sexual urges are simply
controlled, sexual assault wouldn’t occur.
Throughout the country, and even the world, males tend to be sexist towards females and this is prevalent in regards to the USMC Infantry as well. Male Marines tend to refer to themselves as a brotherhood, which is true. Armed Forces members in any branch learn to work as a team, as one unit and because of this a tight knit brotherhood does form. Citizens sometimes believe that women being present will disrupt the brotherhood formed by infantry Marines.
“Ask any 0311 [riflemen] what encourages him to keep training or fighting in combat when he thinks he can go no further, and he will respond, “My brothers to my right and left.” No matter how masculine a woman is, she is still female and simply does not mesh with the infantry brotherhood.“- Capt Lauren F. Serrano
Women and men are perfectly able to have relationships together that are not romantic and/or sexual. Women are perfectly able to ‘mesh’ with the infantry brotherhood and could even form an infantry sisterhood with other female infantry Marines. Women and men can work together just as men can work with other men. There is no difference. A female infantry Marine will share the same common goal as a male infantry Marine when they’re working together to complete a mission.
Another argument why women shouldn’t be in the infantry is the biological aspect of women not being as physically tough and strong as men are. While it is true that men are typically physically stronger than women, this does not mean that women can’t be as mentally strong and some can even be as physically strong as well. If women can meet the infantry standards set by the USMC, there is no reason why they shouldn’t be included. The Rainbow Party seeks to establish equality between men and women and allow more women into the infantry and maintain equality between men and women already established in combat positions throughout the United States Military.
The links located in the text above will lead to the sources below.
Wage Gap- AAUW’s The Gender Pay Gap by State and Congressional District
Discrimination in the Workplace- Workplace Fairness’ Sex/Gender Discrimination
Women in the Military- History’s Time Line: Women in the US Military
USMC Infantry- Official Marine Corps Website, Roles in the Corps: Infantry
First Women in the Infantry- The Atlantic’s The First Infantry Women of the US Marines
Women in the Infantry- Marine Corps Gazette’s Why Women DO Belong in the US Infantry
Women in the Infantry- Marine Corps Gazette’s Why Women Do Not Belong in the US Infantry