“Anything you can do, I can do better.” This dictum is often used when talking about gender equality. For centuries, women and men have held different roles in society. Women were looked at as the home runners. Their life primarily consisted of taking care of their children and husband. The man’s job was to work and provide for his family. As time progressed, women wanted more freedom. They started going into the social spheres of society, working with men. They wanted to prove that they were just as capable as men. Now this issue is reappearing as women fight to join men on the front line. But can women really fill this role? The standards for women in the military are lower than those of men. In physical fitness tests, they do not have to reach the same goals as men. However, war does not discriminate. It doesn’t care if you are a woman or a man. Looking at the facts, the average weight carried by a soldier on a dismounted operation is about 100 pounds, including a 30- to 40-pound rucksack*. The average woman weighs 164 pounds. This means that they would have to carry over 60% of their body weight. Also, the average man weighs 175 pounds. I bring this up because if a fellow soldier is badly injured, would it be physically possible for a woman to carry her rucksack and help the fallen soldier to safety? Also, women go through menstrual cycles. With the carry load already 60% of their body weight, having to carry around feminine products would add to the already heavy load. And what if they run out of feminine products while on a mission? Menstrual cycles can also make women vulnerable. They can get yeast infections and suffer from cramps. This can inhibit their productivity. A third point to consider is drafting. All men must register for a draft, because it is their right to fight in a war. If women are allowed on the front line, should they too have to register? Having the equality to fight is having the equality to be drafted. Would the majority of women accept having to register for the draft? In the end, although women are capable of many things, we have to evaluate their contributions at the front line.