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The Obama administration's official approval for women to serve in combat came with some irony familiar in other strides for women's rights: Women were already doing the work. Now maybe they will get the benefits. Still, it was a milepost in the long march toward equality. What other mileposts are ahead? In what ways do women still lack the benefits, recognition or freedom enjoyed by men?

Equal respect, please

Women lack the benefits as an equal if they don't earn the income. I quit my job at age 30 to raise my own boys. I make some money, but nothing near what my husband earns.

In 2012, we refinanced our home. The mortgage officer asked me, "How do you want to be listed on the loan? As a tenant?" I about blew a gasket. "A tenant?!" I had to explain to her, whether I make $1 or a $100,000, I am an equal borrower.

Society is trained to look at job titles and salaries for worth and value.

No one assesses a dollar value to how well my kids turned out, nor does anyone put a salary next to my name, but you can thank me for staying home and treat me with respect.

-- Ann Hicks, Arlington

Protecting women

Serving one's country is honorable and courageous, particularly in the front line of war. Now, women will have the same opportunity to serve in full regalia of combat duty thanks to the ACLU suing on behalf of four female soldiers challenging the legitimacy of the ban, and ultimately the decision of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

However, there is one problem: how to protect women from sexual assaults, which have been a pervasive problem in the military.

-- Sharon Ream, Fort Worth

Equality in arms

Women in combat? I just asked my wife what she thought. Her first statement: "They are crazy." I agreed. Her second comment was, "Let them do it if they want to." Again, I agree.

Now on to more or less important things in life. I even think women and men should be armed for combat in the classroom. Remember, they are in harm's way.

-- Jack O. Lewis, Haltom City

Same physical standards

I'm against women in combat!

I won't get into the difficult difference of men's and women's bodies in combat. But if women insist on being allowed in combat and equality, let them have the opportunity to try under the following: absolutely no partial or reduced physical standards.

If women insist, let them even try to join the Navy SEALs. If they can pass the tough, grueling training (which many men fail), they are one tough woman.

-- George J. Anthony, Fort Worth

Dubious victory

No knock to women's rights, but this latest "milestone" allowing women to be killed on the front lines in combat is a hell of a win for equality.

-- Jarrod Peterson , Haslet

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