I’m sorry dear, you are simply grasping at straws here. You didn’t say fought, you said protected. If flying supply missions (some of those women were shot down and captured or died), repairing airplanes, doing medical work close to the front lines, etc. isn’t protecting, I don’t know what is? By your measure, upper-level officers who were not directly on the front lines would also not qualify as having protected their country, which is of course, a ludicrous assertion.

The Marines adopted the concept in 1943 and the public anticipated a catchy nickname like “Femarines” or “Glamarines”, but the Commandant in a March 1944 issue of Life magazine, announced, “They are Marines. They don’t have a nickname and they don’t need one. They get their basic training in a Marine atmosphere at a Marine post. They inherit the traditions of Marines. They are Marines.” In practice, they were usually called Women Reservists, shortened to WRs.

During the war, almost 400,000 women served in and with the armed forces — a number that exceeded total male troop strength in 1939. By the end of the war, there were few noncombatant jobs in which women did not serve. Women earned Purple Hearts, Bronze Stars and Legions of Merit. Some were held as prisoners of war and some died in the service of their country.

Here’s how this conversation could have gone if you had chosen to engage in a mature debate, rather than a childish exercise in one-ups-manship in the vain attempt to maintain dominance at all costs:

Young men protected their country (and women) from invasion, women very rarely did.”

Actually, hundreds of thousands were in military service and millions served in support positions, in munitions factories and shipyards, etc. in WWII alone.

Yes, you are quite right, they did. But what I was really referencing was men in combat and the high price they paid in lives and injury.

I see your point. Many, many more men did lose their lives than women but that doesn’t mean that women sat at home, completely out of danger and making no sacrifices. (and then the conversation goes on from there, or concludes because we’ve each made the points we wanted to).

That is a mature, adult debate that might lead to greater elucidation of a particular topic or at a minimum, to civil disagreement. Continuing to hold firm to your position in the face of irrefutable facts or reasonable positions isn’t what confident people do. Confident, strong debaters have no problem conceding the the well made points of others.

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