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HR-11 (2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 21, 2013

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

House Resolution No. 11


Introduced by Assembly Members Eggman, Campos, Grove, and Melendez
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Skinner)(Coauthors: Assembly Members Skinner, Achadjian, Alejo, Allen, Ammiano, Atkins, Bigelow, Bloom, Bocanegra, Bonta, Bradford, Brown, Buchanan, Ian Calderon, Chau, Chávez, Chesbro, Conway, Cooley, Dahle, Daly, Dickinson, Donnelly, Fong, Fox, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Garcia, Gatto, Gomez, Gordon, Gorell, Gray, Hagman, Hall, Harkey, Holden, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Levine, Linder, Maienschein, Mansoor, Medina, Mitchell, Morrell, Mullin, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Nestande, Pan, Patterson, Perea, John A. Pérez, V. Manuel Pérez, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Rendon, Salas, Stone, Ting, Torres, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams, and Yamada)

March 07, 2013


Relative to Women in the United States Armed Forces.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


HR 11, as amended, Eggman.

WHEREAS, During the American Revolution, women, including Margaret Corbin, Deborah Sampson, and Molly Pitcher, served with valor and distinction on the field of battle, in some cases posing as men in order to serve their country; and
WHEREAS, The establishment of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942, and its conversion just one year later to the full Women’s Army Corps, allowed the additional deployment of the equivalent of another seven divisions to the front; and
WHEREAS, General Douglas MacArthur said of the 150,000 women who served in the WAAC and WAC during World War II that they were his best soldiers and that they worked harder, complained less, and were better disciplined; and
WHEREAS, The number of women serving on active duty in the armed forces has grown to exceed 200,000, comprising more than 14 percent of the entire force; and
WHEREAS, Despite a long-standing exclusion of women from direct combat roles, many women have died fighting for this nation in Iraq and Afghanistan, and hundreds more have been wounded in those conflicts; and
WHEREAS, Women have risen to the highest levels of command in the United States Armed Forces; and
WHEREAS, Women have been breaking barriers to service for the entire history of this nation, and this year yet another, banning them from direct combat roles, is to fall; and
WHEREAS, We honor the achievements of those women who serve and have served in the Armed Forces; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly recognizes the contributions of women in the United States Armed Forces are an example for all to follow, an important part of this nation’s history, and are to be celebrated during Women’s History Month; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.