Women in the Canadian Forces: Between Legal and Social Integration

TitleWomen in the Canadian Forces: Between Legal and Social Integration
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsWinslow, Donna, and Jason Dunn
JournalCurrent Sociology
Date Published09/2002

In this article the authors examine the integration of women into the Canadian armed forces. The definition of integration has two parts. The first is a legal standard where women and men are incorporated as equals into the military. The second is of a social nature. Here, integration is defined as the full acceptance of women as equals. The authors argue that the combat forces are far removed from civilian society. As a result they emphasize the values and attitudes of the traditionally male-oriented military organization and, in particular, masculine models of the warrior, thus resisting female integration. This article is based primarily upon documentary research on gender integration in the Canadian armed forces. The authors also examine how scholars have addressed change within military organizations; in particular, how certain sectors of the military react differently to change. In addition, informal interviews were conducted with forces personnel.

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