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Tuesday 26 August 2014

John Hoare pointed out that the situation was different for women, as they did not face the same pressure to enlist or the threat of conscription – although they faced many other pressures. Today, only two countries conscript women into their armed forces: Eritrea and Israel. You can support Eritrean opponents of “national service” (which they call “national slavery”) at www.stopslaveryineritrea.com/index.html. You can support Israeli feminists resisting conscription and militarism at www.newprofile.org/english

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Tuesday 26 August 2014

As we have seen, John's initial determination to resign from the Officer Training Corps weakened under pressure from the headmaster and public opinion. He was later asked why he had joined the Corps in the first place.

Tuesday 26 August 2014

As John says, women were not faced with the pressure to enlist, but they faced equally difficult choices about how to respond to the war.