Difficult struggle for women

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 May, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 May, 1997, 12:00am

I am glad the US military has seen the light and dropped charges against the woman in the air force accused of adultery.

Since military establishments worldwide are composed mainly of males who undoubtedly often commit adultery while in service, it would have been unconscionable to penalise a female for doing what most do regularly.

Obviously if it had been a man accused of adultery, the authorities would have simply winked and swept the whole affair under the carpet - the reasoning being 'boys will be boys'. But because women are supposed to behave differently and adhere to standards set by males, they have to work twice as hard as the men to prove they can handle difficult jobs like flying bomber planes.

The American action proves that women's struggle for equality continues to be just that - a difficult struggle. US women activists who keep fighting for their rights are to be commended for their constant pressure against injustice.

RENATA LOPEZ New Territories