Dustin York # 28
AP. Lang. and Comp. Per 6.
December 3, 2008
Women in Combat Speech
As human beings, we are all equal and able to do the exact same things with enough effort and determination. In order to go into combat, a person must be physically and mentally prepared. A woman is able to do everything a man can do if she is willing to work hard. A woman’s right to fight in combat for the military is one that should be available to all women who meet established physical and mental standards, protecting an individual’s constitutional right to fair treatment and equality regardless of sex.
Being an American protected by the Constitution that gives everyone inalienable rights that makes us all equal is the very reason women have a right to fight in combat. The second Paragraph of the Declaration of Independence states, “ We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”(Jefferson 1). When the Declaration says that all men are created equal, it is interpreted as all people in modern day society which includes everyone, including women. Having unalienable Rights such as Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness means that a person is born with the right to defend their country because some people believe Liberty is fighting for and defending the country they love. According to Gerald L. Atkinson, the theory of egalitarianism states, “if the average man can perform a task, then ‘some’ women can also accomplish it. If ‘some’ women can ‘do the job’, then they have the right to it” (Atkinson 1). If a man can do a job then it is very possible for a woman to do the exact same job, even though it may take the woman more or less work, she can still get the job done. Is it our place as a nation to deny a woman the right to stand up as a proud American and fight for her country side...