Yet, with all these differences, they have three things in common: honor, respect and devotion to duty.
Laughlin begins her blog, "Women in the Coast Guard: Standing the watch in heels since 1915," with sort of a joke: "What happens when you take a Coast Guard asset or office and fill it full of women? ... Give up? The answer is: The same job would get done as if it were all male."
Well, she did warn that it really isn't a joke.
But Laughlin does a great job in highlighting some of the Coast Guard's interesting history of its women members, auxiliary, and wives of servicemen and officers.
"Regardless of arguments about gender equality or physical ability, women in the Coast Guard have shown the willingness to fight for the ability to protect our country — and, over the years, the Coast Guard realized that the fairer sex works just as hard and can do the same job as a man," she wrote.
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