Feminists have done much to advance women's image but, as with all reformers, they have sometimes taken a step or two forward, sometimes back.
Perhaps their most controversial achievement was announced this month when it was revealed that women have battered down the door of the ultimate boys' club and will now be permitted to take their place in war as combat soldiers.
Why anybody in their right mind would want to get involved in a war is beyond me, but since their wish has been granted we should recognise that there are historic precedents. They range from Queen Boadicea's revolt against the Romans to present-day Israeli women defending their kibbutzim against terrorists.
Army spokeswoman Colonel McAdamia said, "I'm not nuts about the idea but since we are expected to stand alongside men, we will require adequate training facilities.
Because of family commitments, Colonel McAdamia said it would be unacceptable for women soldiers to relocate to remote jungle training facilities. The ADI site at St Marys will be reserved for this purpose.
If the scheme goes ahead Penrith Council are expected to approve a change of name for South Creek, which flows alongside the facility. It will become known as The Amazon.
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