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A few brass tacks: Why gender arguments blind the military to bigger problems

In two recent essays on the subject of women in combat, Marine Captain Katey Van Dam directly addressed the issue of women's physical aptitude for infantry combat. She is justified in taking up the case because so many opponents have used the matter of physicality as an argument against their presence in infantry units. However, no matter how well either side presents its view, both sexes have much more in common physically than they realize. What they share is a lack of physical ability that constitutes a dangerous threat to ground troops' battlefield success.


The Women in the Middle of Syria's Civil War

Rampant sexual assault has unmade allegiances in Syria's civil war -- and it may well get worse no matter which side wins.

Tea Leaf Nation

‘They Are the Best Feminist Activists in China’

Why did Chinese authorities detain five feminists on International Women's Day -- and what will become of them? Zhao Sile, a part of the women's rights movement, explains.


How to Make the Sustainable Development Goals Work

It’s simple: Prioritize women and families.

The Cable

Livestream: Hillary Clinton Addresses U.N., Press Conference Likely to Follow

Watch a livestream of Hillary Clinton's address to the United Nations, which will reportedly be followed with a press conference to address her email scandal.


No one wants to talk about the Islamic State’s hold over women

It’s International Women’s Day -- and no one wants to talk about the Islamic State’s hold over women. Why Beijing+20 looks more like Beijing minus 2000.

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