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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.