U.S. Navy (Shawn P. Eklund)
I deplore the arguments James Webb made in his November 1979 Washingtonian article, “Women Can’t Fight.” His misogynistic statements are indefensible in my eyes. In addition, it is unfortunate this article came at the absolute worst possible time for the brave women of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1980. The article and arguments within it were weaponized and used against women throughout the following decades, and some of the beliefs espoused in it are still held by a small minority of small-minded men within the military.
I only can imagine the pain these women felt as they approached possibly the most important milestone in their lives, graduation from a prestigious military academy, only to have their accomplishments diminished and degraded by a prominent graduate. That pain cannot be erased.