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Fresh Air, Martha McSally and John Whitehead

Written by: Terry Gross
Narrated by: Terry Gross
Length: 46 mins

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Lieutenant Colonel Martha McSally and her lawyer, John Whitehead, on this edition of Fresh Air. Martha McSally is our nation's highest-ranking female fighter pilot. Last month, she sued the Defense Department for its policy toward women military personnel stationed in Saudi Arabia. When traveling off-base women are required to wear traditional Islamic religious clothing, covering themselves from head to foot. They also have to be chaperoned by a male and are required to ride in the backseat of any vehicle. Last week, the Pentagon amended the language regarding the women's dress code in Saudi Arabia from "mandatory" to "strongly encouraged". McSally is continuing her suit on the other counts. McSally flew more than 100 hours patrolling the "no-fly" zone over Iraq. She currently is a flight instructor stationed in Tucson, Arizona. Whitehead is with the Rutherford Institute, an international, nonprofit civil liberties organization committed to defending constitutional and human rights. (Broadcast date: January 30, 2002)

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