Women and the Draft: They're Divided Over Registration
Senate recently passed bill that would require both sexes to register

But the question has come to signify a deeper discussion about gender equality in the military, and it took on new weight last week when the Senate approved a military policy bill that, for the first time, would require women to register. The legislation will now have to be reconciled with the House version, which would require only a study on the draft issue.  

Polling experts cautioned that feminists have frequently argued against the draft in general, and that women are historically less hawkish than men.

Drive to Draft Women Going Nowhere Right Now
Major social policy shift unlikely in election year

First Lt. Shaye Haver was one of the first two women to graduate from the U.S. Army's Ranger School. Congress is now debating requiring women to register for the draft. (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images file photo)

The year’s newest and most consequential fight in Congress about disparate government treatment based on gender identity is actually the revival of a very old fight.  

This is not the entirely 21st century question of whether transgender people should be able to use the restroom of their choosing — although conservative Republican lawmakers may launch politically charged, if altogether symbolic, legislative crusades to stop the Obama administration’s efforts on behalf of such a civil right.  

Mixed Reaction to Women in the Draft
Senate, House proposals stir debate on role of women in the military

Reaction has been mixed for making women subject to the draft. (DOUGLAS GRAHAM/ CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY)

A new proposal cleared by the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that would make women subject  to a military draft has drawn mixed reactions.  

The Senate plan matches a similar proposal narrowly approved by the House Armed Services Committee last month, setting the stage for a floor debate about the role of women in the military.  

Why Keeping Women Out of Any Future Draft Might Be Impossible
Now included in both House and Senate defense bills

Ted Cruz was among the senators opposing the defense bill, citing language on women in the draft. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

When Sen. Ted Cruz was running for president , he spoke on the campaign trail of his opposition to requiring women to register for the draft. In fact, he called the idea  "nuts."  

Back in the Senate , the Texas Republican faces an uphill climb to thwart the effort. A proposal to require women to register for the Selective Service was folded in to the fiscal 2017 defense policy bill that the Armed Services Committee approved Thursday behind closed doors.  

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