Oh, they've made exceptions. The men in charge of approving coveted plots at Arlington National Cemetery have made hundreds of exceptions to the strict military rules about who gets buried there.
A chief White House usher was an exception. As were a doctor who developed an oral vaccine against polio, an ambassador and a national security advisor. And don't forget the retired brigadier general, Charles F. Blair Jr., who didn't meet the military requirements, but was married to a famous Hollywood actress, Maureen O'Hara. Right here, sir, we have a spot.
But when it comes to a World War II pilot who happens to be a woman? Nope. No exception available. No space in Arlington for you, Second Lt. Elaine Danforth Harmon.
This isn't some long-standing, sexist rule that's keeping Harmon, who died at 95 a year ago, from being given full military honors at Arlington. This is last year's reversal of the eligibility that female pilots were granted in 2002.
Still think women's rights aren't seeing a backslide?