They Are Women, Hear Them Roar
I've talked about publishing a "Women in the Military" issue since I became editor-in-chief of Proceedings two and a half years ago. Something always intervened to forestall it. Part of it was simply learning the language, skills, and rhythms of a magazine after more than three decades as a newspaperman. But there was something else, a far stronger potential impediment, the curious resistance of the women whose problems I planned to highlight and whose achievements I hoped to honor.
My idea was greeted not by the cheers I expected, but by expressions of negativity, the kindest something along the lines of, "Are you sure you want to do this?" Male officers and enlisted men who I knew to be highly supportive of women offered similarly cautionary advice. I remember particularly Captain Gerry Roncolato, until recently the avuncular chairman of our Editorial Board, who some years earlier had commanded The Sullivans (DDG-68) and a crew in which women were well represented at every level. "I think maybe women just want to be left alone to do their jobs," he said, or words to that effect.