Anytime I see a member of the armed forces, I can’t help but be overwhelmed with gratitude. They put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms, and spend weeks, months, and even years away from their families and friends in service to their country. They face more danger in their job than anyone, and the level of stress they encounter is incredible.
Though it brought a big smile to my face when I saw a few of them taking a moment to enjoy themselves by making a goofy video covering Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe,” I know any fun they are having is certainly outweighed by the sacrifices they make. These sacrifices make it so important to give veterans the care they need when they return home, and certainly to pay our respects and gratitude to any member of the armed forces we see.
Glamour magazine was curious if people would give different amounts of respect and acknowledgement to Marines depending on their gender, so they designed a social experiment to find out. They sent two Marines — Captain Verdia (man) and Captain Quinones (woman) — out on the busy streets of New York City for two hours to see if one received more acknowledgement than another for their service.
In an ideal world, everyone would stop to say thank you, but I have to say I was nervous about how this would turn out. We still live in a world where there is a significant earnings gap between men and women doing the same job, and if gratitude levels followed that same trend, it would be completely heartbreaking. I definitely worried that people might unintentionally favor a male Marine.
Are you curious how it worked out? Watch the whole video to find out, and make sure to thank all of the men and women who serve our country equally!
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