Saturday, April 15, 2017
Frustrated with misogyny, hundreds of female Marines have joined a group pressuring male colleagues to change
Hundreds of female Marines and Marine veterans have launched a new group to press for an end to misogyny in the Marine Corps, saying the recent scandal in which nude photographs of some women in the service were distributed by their male colleagues is unacceptable.
The group Actionable Change began as a Facebook group, and now has more than 400 members, said Lt. Col. Ann Bernard, a Marine reservist who established the group. In a new letter shared with the service, the group says it will “lead from the front” when it comes to ending misogyny, and says the service has allowed “a culture where women are devalued, demeaned, and their contributions diminished,” and in some cases allowed it to thrive.
Among the group’s stated goals is to increase the percentage of women in the Marine Corps from about 7 percent to 20 percent....