Professor of Gender and War. University of Sydney

After Decades of Serving, Will Women Finally Get Boots that Fit?

SUMMARY: Congress presses US armed forces to design special women’s combat boots, as studies show women are more susceptible to stress fractures from marching and training. Robert Maginnis, a retired Army infantry officer and author of Deadly Consequences, which argues against women in ground combat, said it is possible that women’s boots could cut down on injuries overall, but he doubts their ability to mediate the issue of stride length during long marches. The provision of gender suitable gear will also likely avoid future liability and litigation (in 2013 three female recruits in Britain claimed that being forced to march like men resulted in spinal injuries and pelvic fractures, and were each awarded $162,000).

SOURCE: Rowan Scarborough, May 14 2015, ‘Military pressed to design line of women-friendly combat boots by Congress,’ The Washington Times,    

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