In an article I wrote a few weeks ago, I talked about a young woman who had been rejected from the Marines because of a tattoo on her collarbone that was clearly visible when wearing the womens' uniform- which is lower cut than the mens'.
20 year old Kate Pimental, a young woman who dreamed of joining the Marines was straight-up rejected by the Marines because of her script collarbone tattoo- and it caught the attention of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree who then made it her mission to find a solution to this horribly (unintentional) sexist issue.
Basically, male Marine uniforms have a crew neck, which provides for more coverage in terms of tattoos than the womens' uniforms, which are lower cut and more revealing. The Marines have a strict policy against visible tattoos, so when some people are provided with more opportunity to cover theirs than others- that's a problem.
This may seem like not a very big deal, but for people who dream of serving their country and are unable to because of a few less inches of fabric- it is. Pimental's case brought this issue to light in a big way.
Well, Pimental and Pingree's wishes came true. On Thursday, March 10th the Marines officially changed the rules regarding dress code- women are now allowed to wear crew neck tshirts underneath their uniforms, therefore providing more coverage. Pimental's tattoo will no longer be visible and women wishing to join the Marines will now be treated with the same regard as men.
In other words, this is a really awesome step towards equal rights for women and we're super happy that the Marines were willing to change the rules in order to make that happen. Fuck yeah, Marines. Keep up the good work.