First woman commander says times are changing

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7 March 2006, MADRID — The first woman to reach the rank of commander in the Spanish air force said she had not received any "favours" to reach her position.

7 March 2006

MADRID — The first woman to reach the rank of commander in the Spanish air force said she had not received any "favours" to reach her position.

Rosa María López was speaking on the eve of the Internacional Day of Women on Wednesday.

Commandante López also made her comments days after the Spanish government introduced a new draft law which will reduce sexual discrimination in society and particularly society.

She said it appeared "logical" that more women joined the armed forces as well as other parts of society.

Commandante López added that she did not see any limit to her professional career.

The 41-year-old is one of the 16,311 women in the Spanish armed forces which has a total personnel of 121,060. She is among the 977 officers in the three forces.

Comandante López said she had not received any discrimination in favour or against her in what is still a man's world.

In 1991, only 0.1 percent of the military were women but now that figure stands at 11.5 percent.

Among those countries with the highest number of women in the armed forces are Canada (16.9 pc), the U.S. (15.5pc), Spain (13.5pc), France (12.8pc), Holland (9pc) and Britain (9pc).

Women only started serving in the armed forces in 1988.
 
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Subject: Spanish news

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