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Women In Military / Air Force Pilots / Congressional Hearings #254068

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 01, 1977
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(Studio) Air Force will graduate 1st 10 women pilots on Friday; under current rules, women can't fly combat missions. These and similar rules with regard to women in military come under attack in congress hearing.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Witnesses tell subcommittee chairperson Senator William Proxmire that military cmdrs. still consider women last resort, charging that Pentagon policies often deny women better job and promotion opportunities. Women admit that issue of women in combat is hampering passage of ERA; also criticize military leaders, like retired General William Westmoreland, who say women aren't fit to fight along with men. [Former Women in the Air Force director Major General (ret.) Jeanne HOLM - says Westmoreland got into bed with General Hershey, when he made that statement. Notes Hershey has said he thinks women nothing but defective men.] No new legislature expected to come from hearings, but Proxmire is trying to get support for bill he's already introduced to widen opportunities for women in military
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

Reporter(s):
Mudd, Roger;
Pappas, Ike
Duration:
00:01:30

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