- Ruth Ben-Ghiat: Selective Service is the first direct contact with the military many civilians have
- She asks: If it's reserved for men, what message does this send about gender equity?
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University and a specialist in 20th-century European history. Her latest book is "Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema." The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.
(CNN)Should United States women be required to register for Selective Service when they turn 18, as United States men are obliged to do currently?