From the Deckplates: Who Needs Women?

TitleFrom the Deckplates: Who Needs Women?
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsBednarchick, Amanda
Date Published2018/12

In this article, the author shows the history of women serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and argues that they must continue to serve in these positions. Despite American women's long history and proud service in this branch of the military, the author points out that female retention numbers are much lower than their male counterparts, and this contributes to the even lower numbers of females in high-ranking and leadership positions within the Coast Guard. She offers several possible solutions to the problem, including the establishment of more child development centers and/or in-home care programs; the employment of career counselors to mediate between service members and assignment officers; starting a targeted career development initiative for women to support the elevation of career trajectories; and increased communication and follow-through to ensure women feel comfortable and supported within their units.

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