As civilians women are equal to men but in the military, it’s taken much longer for them to be allowed to join their male counterparts in battle.
Just a couple of months ago, the US. Navy began allowing women officers to serve on submarines, but just because rules change, that doesn’t mean opinions do.
“There is always going to be an aversion to change, so the best way to deal with that is go and do my job like any other officer would,” said Lt. Marquette Leveque with the US. Navy.
At Fitness Ranger in Sacramento, a hard core fitness boot camp class, they believe there is nothing women can’t do.
“I have seen quite a few women in here lift more weight than some of the guys,” said Amy Linker.
“There is nothing that a guy can do that a woman can’t do. I think this is proof positive – most of the women here I wouldn’t wan’t to mess with,” said Evan Demarco.
Trainer Adam Attia pushes both men and women to the physical breaking point, in the name of exercise, and knows women can physically and mentally handle the same high intensity stress as men.
“I think women can absolutely handle it. It’s about mental toughness and inner drive and I don’t think gender plays any role in that,” said Attia.