On Thursday’s Late Night, Seth Meyers took “A Closer Look” at a new bill in the House that would require women to begin registering for the draft. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), who proposed the bill, proposed it sarcastically, to try to prove a point about the effects of war on families. He doesn’t even want women in combat roles.
“Duncan is opposed to letting women serve in combat roles, and he thought that by sarcastically introducing a bill to require them to register for the draft, he would make his point,” Meyers says. “But his O. Henry-style strategy backfired.”
However, the Armed Services Committee thought it was a good idea, especially the women on the committee who agreed that equal rights for women means equality in every aspect of life, including being drafted into the military. So, the bill will go to a floor vote in June.
“Women have been serving in essential roles in the military all along, but the ban on women serving in combat created the illusion that they were less valuable to the military than men,” Meyers says. “Including women in the draft is controversial, but it’s an important step in dismantling that narrative.”