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CURRENT EVENT | OCTOBER 22, 2021

Debate: Should U.S. Draft Registration Include Women?

The U.S. stopped drafting men into the military in 1973 and has since depended on a volunteer army. Today, though, every male aged 18-25 still must register for the draft in case of a national emergency. Women are not required to register, but the Senate Armed Services Committee wants to change that. They argue that, ever since gender-based restrictions on military service were lifted in 2016, women have served alongside men, and requiring females to register would be another step toward equality. Others say that women already contribute to the country in ways that men do not, and compliance with the registration system is hard to enforce. Listen to learn more about women and military service and then debate: Should U.S. draft registration include women?

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Story Length: 6:25

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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