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WIPP Letter to Womens Caucus (2)

WIPP Letter to Womens Caucus (2)

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To: Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis 113 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Congresswoman Gwen Moore 2245 Rayburn

House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear ,

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler 1130 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515 Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz 118 Cannon H.O.B Washington, DC 20515

I write to you today on behalf of Women Impacting Public Policy. Since its inception over a decade ago, Women Impacting Public Policy has served as the voice of women in business on Capitol Hill and government at large. As an organization, Women Impacting Public Policy is mindful and thankful for the progress the Congressional Caucus on Women’s Issues has made regarding women's economic, health, legal, and educational interests. But on the heels of our successes, there is still much work to be done. The female leaders of our country, especially the Congressional Caucus on Women’s Issues, must not turn a blind eye to the important obstacles to equality women in 2011 have yet to surmount. A perfect case in point of these undefeated obstacles is the significant career hindrances women in the military still face. Despite the Military Leadership Diversity Commission’s recommendation to open up all military jobs to qualified women, the Department of Defense continues to consider purchasing combat equipment that would not accommodate all women, thus barring them for certain military occupations. The Department of Defense is currently reviewing bids, and will soon choose an aircraft, that will be used for their light air support (LAS) program in Afghanistan in addition to their light attack and armed reconnaissance (LAAR) programs. The choices for this aircraft will come down to the American made Hawker Beechcraft AT-6, a plane that can safely accommodate 95 percent of the military female pilot population, and the Brazilian manufactured Embraer EMB-314, which is designed to meet some of the older standards and will fail to accommodate far too many women. The wrong decision would result in another career-limiting hurdle put in the way of qualified female pilots. Recently, Women Impacting Public Policy wrote a detailed letter to Secretary Gates illustrating the need to look further into these issues. In the letter, WIPP challenged the Department of Defense to require new military aircraft to meet standards that accommodate all qualified pilots, including women. I have enclosed this letter because it is important the members of the Congressional Caucus on Women’s Issues be made aware of this matter as it greatly impacts not only the women currently serving, but the young women who will serve our country for years to come. Sincerely,

Barbara Kasoff President Women Impacting Public Policy

cc: Members of the Congressional Caucus on Women’s Issues
1156 15th St. NW Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005 ~ 888.488.WIPP ~ Fax: (202) 872-8543 1714 Stockton Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94133 ~ 415.434.4314 ~ Fax: 415.434.4331 Website: www.WIPP.org

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