Tuesday, October 21, 2014
"Women in War" opens "Makers" Women Who Made America" for PBS
PBS has started a new series, “Makers: Women Who Made America”, with a one hour episode “Women in War”, link here (with video).
The show starts with women saying they were brought up in the “Betty Crocker” era. In the 1950s, a women’s magazine actually wrote, “Whom would you rather have a college degree, you or your husband?”
Until 1967, women were held to 2% of the Armed Forces and limited with a ceiling of O6 (COL) grade. But in the 1950s, some women had noticed that the military did offer the idea of a career with equal pay, at least up to the maximum grade. The 50’s saw the comedy film “Never Wave at a WAC”.
Women gradually increased combat roles during the Reagan years, as a female general led an effort in Central America, and sometimes were in command during the Persian Gulf War. But it wasn’t until 2013 that practically all combat positions were made open to women.
The documentary showed the indoors of the CIA premises at Langley, as they were in the 1990s when the Al Qaeda threat was becoming more apparent.
The documentary did not mention lesbians in the military or the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that was in place from 1993-2011, or the “older ban” on gays in the military.