"Rights and duties should be the same for all...The armed forces need access to the best resources, regardless of gender, and right now mostly men are recruited."
Norway is a trail blazer nation when it comes to gender equality. Coming on the 100th year anniversary of granting voting rights to Norwegian women, this particular passage by Norwegian parliament is not just symbolic, but practically of significance considering small population of that nation.
When American Republican Party still cannot get over the 'anatomy and physiology' of women body; this act by Norwegian law makers shows - it does not matter whether you are a small nation (though Norway is one of the wealthiest countries in the world) or a nation surrounded by big nations or behemoth EU; if you have a will to make the change you can lead the world in substantive matters.
Bravo Norway, way to go. Hey, Republicans; any thoughts about getting over this obsession about female body? Or do you want to 'keep giving' these gifts to Democrats?