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A lot of media (especially science fiction and fantasy) features societies with no gender restrictions. Women fight alongside men, in the same combat roles, in command, and so on. Because it's a societal norm, no one considers this unusual. Hereditary monarchies can be ruled by women as well as men, despite a real-world historical restriction on women ruling the kingdom in many countries.

This is not the same as splitting the sexes up into segregated units. When this trope is used, mixed units are the norm, and by extension often a completely integrated society as well in which the only difference between the sexes, in a social sense, is that one can get pregnant and the other can impregnate. In a Science Fiction story where test-tube-and-incubator babies are common, even this is removed and if the soldier is encased in armor, you can't tell what gender he/she is, and it doesn't matter anyway.


Be careful: not every story about women serving in the military is an example of this trope. Stories where the majority of military units are male and occasionally you find a girl do not apply. Nor do militaries where women are common but are restricted to certain roles (especially if those are noncombat roles). Nor do stories where there are women in combat roles, but they are consistently portrayed as falling into the Damsel in Distress or Faux Action Girl trope.

This can be a Justified Trope, especially in futuristic settings where advances in technology have made physical differences like gender more or less irrelevant for soldiers. In medieval fantasy settings, authors may introduce some form of safe, reliable Fantasy Contraception, or the existence of inborn magic powers can be portrayed as making differences in size and strength less relevant, or there may be other social pressures encouraging gender equality (although all of these may or may not be convincing, depending on how well they're handled). If the setting is not Earth and/or the characters are not normal humans, they may just have less sexual dimorphism. On the other hand, there are also plenty of cases of lazy or thoughtless worldbuilding, as well as cases where the author simply felt they needed no justification beyond Rule of Cool.


There are a wide variety of possible reasons for this. Sometimes it's pure Author Appeal: the author thinks a mixed-sex military setting is simply more awesome than a segregated one, or wanted to write about heterosexual relationships within such a setting, or wanted to have a female protagonist in such a setting without having to worry about showing her struggling with prejudice (which would become Anvilicious rather quickly). In role-playing games (video or tabletop), it may be done to make sure players are never penalized for wanting to play a character of their own gender. Sometimes it's an Author Tract, with the author trying to make a point about how gender restrictions are good or bad.

For a related, video game-specific trope, see Purely Aesthetic Gender. Not to be confused with a person for whom gender is no object.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In the Lyrical Nanoha series, the TSAB Armed Forces (and probably the Saint Church Knights) make no gender distinctions whatsoever (although most notable characters are female, but that comes with the genre, not the setting), and there isn't even a single instance of Wouldn't Hit a Girl in the series. In-universe, this is justified by magic equaling out biological differences between genders (an average female mage is just as strong and durable physically as a male one—and much more so than a male muggle), and by the TSAB being so short on hands, they'll employ anyone with magical talent, regardless of other considerations.
  • Pokémon: Despite carrying the label of "training for girls" by the Fanon, in the anime, the gender ratio of Coordinators is equal to that of Trainers.
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. Captain Bright: "This is the military! Gender is irrelevant!" Although Kamille does note that women serving in the military in equal capacity is a relatively new development for the Universal Century.
    • Even back in the One Year War, it's shown that the idea of women serving on the front lines isn't unheard of.
    • It also becomes a recurring element in a number of Gundam works later on, especially for the Universal Century. It's also very much present in ∀ Gundam, also directed by Tomino.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers, where being a woman in a world where many of the other characters are male doesn't make you any less of a badass and/or prominent figure. Even in the Nyotalia version, the ladies are just as capable.
  • In Attack on Titan. Mortality rates are so high for the military, and the situation facing humanity so desperate, that gender is completely irrelevant. Female soldiers are everywhere, occupying the same roles as their male peers, and held to the same standards. We see leadership in the form of Squad Leaders like Rico and Rene, and Mikasa being The Ace is not considered unusual. It is also noteworthy that the artwork also focuses on the androgynous look of most female soldiers, thanks to realistically athletic builds and lack of focus on their looks. Matters are helped by advanced technological gadgets that, with enough Training from Hell, allow even the tiny, 90-pounds-when-soaking-wet Krista be a formidable force of destruction on the battlefield. Word of God even states that gender has no bearing on the story, and welcomed readers to decide the gender of ambiguous characters like Hange and Nanaba as they please.
  • In Code Geass, there are plenty of female commanders in the military of both Britannia and (what we see of) Europia. About half of the Knights of the Rounds (a Britannian military unit second only to the Imperial Family) that we see in the series are female. There are also many prominent female scientists, particularly in what we see of Europia. In the end, there is no issue with the deceased emperor's sister inheriting the throne as opposed to one of the many surviving half-brothers.
  • The assassins in Akame ga Kill!, no matter which group they belong to, have both female and male members. In Night Raid there are even more women than men.
  • The first generation of warriors in Claymore started like this. However, it is implied that there were more male than female warriors. However, it quickly became apparent that men with yoma-powers can not handle well, so that after that only women were made warriors.
  • Shakugan no Shana has about the same number of men as women among the Flame Hazes.

    Fan Works 
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Storm in general, but especially the Super Soldiers, who at their home base have mixed-gender barracks and showers. The downside is that the enhancement process also makes them Asexual and infertile - in an early chapter, Athene is confused by how Shane's, uh, body reacts while they are changing clothes together.
  • The Night Unfurls: The military of Eostia make no gender distinctions whatsoever. In addition, it is not uncommon to see female generals and male healers in the battlefield. There are two exceptions to this trope: the Seven Shields (female-exclusive), and the Black Dogs (male-exclusive).
  • Stated explicitly in Shell Shock, where soldiers are drawn and assigned without consideration of gender.

    Films — Animation 
  • Antz does this with, well, ants, both in worker and soldier roles. It's one step better than the Insect Gender-Bender, at least.
  • The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: Kiara is the heir to Simba's throne despite being a lioness, and retains this status after later marrying, so it's not for a lack of an eligible male lion to rule. The film doesn't treat this as an issue even worth commenting on. Simba is simply a very fair king that doesn't discriminate.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The military in Aliens is integrated. The only mention of gender in the military happens when Hudson asks Pvt. Vasquez if she has ever been mistaken for a man, and she replies "No. Have you?" Alien is an even more extreme example. The script was specifically written to only call characters by their last names and ranks to make them as gender neutral as possible, so as to avoid standard horror movie gender tropes.
  • The Atreides army in Dune (2021) features several women as officers and foot soldiers. At least one can be seen at Duke Leto's strategy conference.
  • G.I. Jane. The film's aesop is that militaries should be this way. The main character runs into the gender barrier when she joins up for the grueling SEAL training program (even receiving preferential treatment at first that defeats the whole purpose of integration) not simply because she's a woman, but because Men Are the Expendable Gender. Interestingly, Master Chief Urgayle also cites a real-world limitation of this trope, discovered when the Israelis and Russians both tried to field gender-unified combat units: men seem to have an instinctual urge to protect women, even when the women in question are fellow soldiers. In the case of the Israelis, this led to a degradation of unit cohesion, as the male soldiers would abandon their mission to rescue wounded female colleagues. (The Russians abandoned the idea of employing female combat soldiers, while the Israelis began using segregated combat units of both all-male or all-female combat soldiers.)
  • Odd variation in Guardians of the Galaxy: not only is the Nova Corps (an armed force) gender-neutral, so is its prison, the Kyln. Gamora and at least one other female prisoner are mixed in with the male prison population.
  • By the time of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, both the First Order and the Resistance appear to have fully integrated, with women serving in both command positions (General Leia, Admiral Holdo, and Captain Phasma) and in combat roles (Jessika Pava, Paige Tico, and several female pilots for the Resistance, Phasma again, multiple bridge crew members, and at least one female stormtrooper for the First Order).
  • Kingsmen, evidently, in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Nobody bats an eye at Amelia and Roxy's efforts to get into the agency. This gets particular notice when all three remaining candidates, including Roxy, are tasked with seducing a young woman and nobody makes any indication of her task being harder or sexier.
  • Starship Troopers not only featured men and women serving in the same infantry unit, they even shared the same bathroom and shower facilities. High school sports teams are also mixed, so this is wider than just the military. And only in the film, which was based on the back cover of a book by Robert A. Heinlein and is very different in the details. There are women in the military in Heinlein's book, but they're segregated by service: the Mobile Infantry is exclusively male, the Navy is at least mostly female (there apparently are some male Naval officers, but Rico doesn't ever actually mention meeting any and pilots are exclusively female); the two groups are segregated physically on the transport ships, only meeting at formal dinners (and even then only the officers).
  • In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, scenes of the crew quarters aboard both the Enterprise-A and Excelsior reveal that enlisted crew share bunk space regardless of gender, rather than having segregated male and female berths.'


By Author:

  • Tanya Huff:
    • The Quarters series plays this trope totally straight. Interestingly, though, it also draws attention to the trope by referring to many minor or background characters by their occupation — "two guards", "a secretary" — a few lines before the gendered pronoun is used. The reader then realizes that the guard or secretary to which s/he had unthinkingly assigned the "conventional" gender is, in fact, just the opposite. It is worth noting that in this series, sexual orientation is no object either; even royal weddings can be same-sex.
    • The main character of the Confederation of Valor series is a female Space Marine Gunnery Sergeant. More generally, the Confederate armed forces have more men than women, but this seems to be a simple case of men being more likely to sign up.
  • Tamora Pierce:
    • The Circleverse, although told mostly from the point-of-view of female characters, features more-or-less gender parity within the religion, the army, and society at large. Some cultures have more restrictive views of the roles of women, but the viewpoint characters visiting said cultures always point this out.
    • Tortall Universe: The Beka Cooper trilogy approaches this (although lady knights are still uncommon and there's plenty of comments about female Dogs), but a religious movement called the Cult of the Gentle Mother is sweeping through and starting to influence things, much to the wrath of the protagonist. From later-set books, we know that it does take over and become the norm for later protagonists to struggle against.

By Work:

  • Alexis Carew: This is true in most countries and in New London's core worlds: there are more men than women in the military but this is mostly down to physical strength (aircraft pilots are split nearly evenly, whereas Mini-Mecha crewmen have to be able to service their machines under fire). However, many planets on New London's fringe have slid backward into patriarchy and sexism is more common.
  • Angel Mage: Gender discrimination doesn't seem to exist in this world. In fact, most positions of authority are held by women, with all Cardinals seen or mentioned being female. It's also mentioned that Kings of Sarance are by tradition expected to scheme ineffectually against the Queens (the real rulers).
  • In Animorphs allegedly there are as many female and male soldiers among the Andalites, but one sees almost only male ones.
    • But it's playing with the Hork-Bajirs right now. The Yeerks use them regardless of gender because both genders are strong.
    • Even when the Auxilary-Animorphs are created, gender does not matter in the selection of the original Animorphs.
  • A few places in the setting of Annals of the Western Shore. Gender seems to influence the division of labor, but they lack the sexism seen elsewhere. Namely the Uplands (the setting of the first book) where women can be clan leaders, and Ansul, where women used to have pretty good rights until the Alds took over.
  • The United Space Forces in Arrivals from the Dark appear to accept both genders equally. However, female officers are contract-bound to avoid pregnancies for the 5-year term. On the other hand, every book features a man as the main character.
  • The island kingdom of Ithicana from The Bridge Kingdom Archives is so threatened by its neighbours that everyone needs to take part in its defense. Women train and fight alongside men and among Watch Commanders the number of men and women is roughly equal.
  • The Imperial States of America in Caliphate deploys female soldiers in the field and no one in their side bats an eyelash about this, unlike the titular Caliphate which is a virulently misogynistic place that expects women to be only wives, daughters, mothers or sex objects. The main hero (an American soldier) discusses this with a slave girl from the Caliphate that back in his home, despite its many, many faults, at least women enjoy the same rights as men which floors her since she would never dream of such thing in the place she grew up.
  • The Celaeno Series by Jane Fletcher. In Rangers At Roadsend, the protagonists are two female Rangers, members of a kind of elite unit in the military.
  • The Culture takes this trope Up to Eleven. Not only have they left gender roles far behind, but part of their standard set of genetic enchantments is also the ability to go through a fully functional sex change (over the course of several months) at will. The protagonist of The Player of Games is considered a bit odd because he's never even tried being female.
  • In Western nations in Dark Shores women work, fight, rule and are generally treated as equal to men — empress Ereni is a ruler and a warrior, and the most accomplished general in Gamdeshi army is the sultan's daughter. Subverted in the East, where women are treated as property of their men (fathers, brothers, husbands).
  • Discworld:
    • Dwarfs, initially. It turns out to be more complicated than that later on; biological sex seems to be genuinely inconsequential except for procreative purposes, but traditional dwarf culture has no concept of femininity and both sexes look like men, so they're basically a One-Gender Race of men that just happens to have two different kinds of genitals. Traditionally, anyways. Midway through the series (beginning with Feet of Clay), some more modern female dwarfs begin to admit to being female and adopt human-style feminine behavior, which is controversial but increasingly popular. Whether this correlates with their biological sex depends on the dwarf; a female dwarf in Unseen Academicals is heavily implied to be biologically male.
    • The desert-dwelling, combat-loving tribe of the D'Regs count as well.
      Carrot: Klatchians have very strict ideas about women fighting.
      D'Reg: Yes, we expect them to be good at it! We are D'Regs!
  • In Steven Brust's Dragaera series, the culture of the Dragaerans is like this, with women being just as likely to be pugnacious brawlers as the men. There is some slight amount of gender bias that occasionally pops up, such as when two female Dragaeran warriors ponder whether a male Dragaeran could possibly be attracted to a woman who could defeat him in a fight, but they eventually decide that it wouldn't matter. On the other hand, the human Easterners, who are based on real-world medieval Hungarians, tend to have a more real-world bias on gender roles.
  • The Earth's Children books by Jean M Auel.
    • The Cro-Magnon don't really care what gender does what in most parts of their life. A woman can hunt and a man can take care of the kids. The role of Shamans, however, is apparently often restricted to those we might now call genderqueer (as is common in many Real Life cultures).
    • Averted with the Neanderthals, in whom gender roles are so rigidly defined that they have become part of their genetic make-up. Thus men cannot learn women's skills such as cooking and gathering plants, while women cannot learn men's skills such as hunting. In addition, only men can become leaders or Shamen, but only women can learn the use of healing plants.
  • The Forever War is similar to Starship Troopers, but features a fully gender-integrated military... which before the end of the war is also fully homosexual as Earth society has moved on about a thousand years, literally.
  • The Gentleman Bastard sequence, there are female pirates, thieves, soldiers, sailors, and bouncers in about equal number to their male counterparts. This is never remarked on as being out of the ordinary. In fact, within their culture, rather than women being banned from sailing for fear of bringing bad luck, ships are required to have at least one woman on board, to avoid bringing the wrath of the sea god (though a female cat will do at a pinch).
  • This is the case in all levels of society in The Great Library. Women serve as soldiers, scholars, spies, merchants, and any other occupations just as easily as men do, and gender is never brought up as being an issue.
  • In Harry Potter, women and men both serve in pretty much all positions of the Ministry of Magic, are Aurors (the wizarding equivalent of police officers), are teachers and heads of Hogwarts, and run their own businesses. Both genders also balance family lives (taking care of the home, dealing with the kids, etc.) and having careers and lives of their own.
  • Men and women are Heralds in Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar stories. It's notable when a character or culture segregates the sexes for any reason. A contraceptive powder allows control of reproduction.
  • In the Honor Harrington series, this is pretty much the default for the major interstellar polities. In the story, the reactions to integration by Grayson and Masada (both worlds being effectively religious patriarchies, with the latter treating women as nothing but property) often play a major role in the plot. Certain biological differences are still addressed, such as requiring all women in the service to be fitted with a 5-year contraceptive implant. If a woman decides to have a child, she may petition to have the implant deactivated but will be transferred to a Space Station or a planet-side post. As the novel states, it may not be fair, but neither is biology. Then again, the Manticoran Navy does cover up to 75% cost of "tubing" a baby (i.e. putting the fetus into a tube to be grown to term), so a pregnant woman doesn't have to be "out-of-commission" for the full 9 months. The medical technology is so good that tubing is considered an outpatient procedure (i.e. no overnight hospital stay). At the same time, Honor's mother laments that many women are missing out on the "experience" of giving birth. Meanwhile, the other women think that she's insane for suggesting that.
  • The Hunger Games: District Thirteen in Mockingjay seems to be this, particularly when it comes to their military. For that matter, the actual Hunger Games are deliberately set up with an equal number of boys and girls, and the audience makes bets on the contestants according to their skill and temperament, not their gender.
  • In the Imperial Radch trilogy, the Galactic Superpower of the Radch doesn't even have a societal concept of gender; since the viewpoint character is Radchaai, most characters are never explicitly gendered or sexed. One Radchaai character is outright confused at how another culture seems so fixated on which genitalia people have.
  • In Inheritance Cycle, there is almost no societal difference between male and female elves. They're both equally good at fighting, magic, what-have-you. They even dress the same and have the same hairstyles; when Arya disguises herself as a human woman, she admits she's always been a bit puzzled at the notion of women's clothing, and of men and women having different societal roles. The other three major races seem to abide by the concept that women stick to domestic work, with a minority of women in positions of power and almost none in combat. It is said that Urgal women, like men, gain station by defeating foes, but we don't see any Urgal women until the very end of the series.
  • In Island in the Sea of Time and its sequels, the Republic of Nantucket's military allows both men and women to serve in combat roles. It also allows gays and lesbians to serve openly.
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin takes the basic idea so far it almost becomes disqualified as an example, as the human-descended people on the planet Gethen are all of both sexes (or neither); they take turns becoming "male" or "female" for reproduction. The human-as-we-know-it protagonist is really confused by this even after years of living there as an ambassador of sorts.
  • The titular city-state in the Liavek anthologies is very egalitarian gender-wise, including the military.
  • In The Lost Fleet, set far in humanity's future, both the Alliance and Syndic militaries and civilian governments appear to be completely gender-equal. Women are found at the same rate as men at every level of command from Alliance Senator on the Grand Council down to the average crew member on a warship.
  • In the Lyremouth Chronicles, the average witch, wizard or, heaven forbid, sorcerer, is infinitely more powerful than the average muggle, and the chances of their appearance are completely random. When mistreating someone based on their gender as a child can lead to getting a fireball to the face as an adult, gender differences quickly fall to the wayside, and almost all jobs have an equal number of both genders in all roles. Averted outside the Protectorate where most of the action takes place, however; while inside it, new Witches and Sorcerers are protected by their kind, outside, they're mostly seen as a threat and eliminated as quickly as possible, leading to much more patriarchal or matriarchal societies (based on how much the different genders have been tinkered with by the local sorcerers).
  • The Locked Tomb is set in a far-future society that's completely gender-equal, including a fully integrated Space Navy and Necromancer corps. It's also a Non-Heteronormative Society with Uterine Replicators, so gender is no object in marriage or family structure either.
  • In the Malazan Book of the Fallen, most of the cultures are largely equal-opportunity when it comes to daily life and war, especially the dominant Malazan Empire which considers itself egalitarian in all aspects. Two noted exceptions are the Tiste Edur tribes where the women rule the house and the men are warriors and the mercenary/holy order known as the Grey Swords, who are noted as unusual for not allowing women into their ranks. That also changes when they switch patron deities from the Boar of Summer to the Wolves of Winter and take in female recruits to supplement their torn ranks.
  • Troll society in Malediction Trilogy works like that. What matters is a troll's level of magical power. Female trolls become warriors and mixed-blood work in mines alongside men.
  • Mistborn: The Original Trilogy has a partial example: While Muggle armies are still entirely male, Allomancers are rare enough that no noble house can afford to enforce gender stereotypes, and so male and female Allomancers are treated pretty much equally.
  • The Mortal Instruments shows a whole series of female shadowhunters. They also have their share in the fight against demons and other evil creatures.
    • Even with the fairies, it is common for both men and women to fight.
    • When a clan battles with vampires or werewolves, then both genders join in the fight.
  • The Old Kingdom has no barriers to gender equality whatsoever. This is in sharp contrast with its non-magical neighbour to the south, Ancelstierre, which is a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of early 20th-century Britain.
  • The Colonial Defense Force from the Old Man's War series is mixed-gender, with males and females getting the same assignments. Justified in that every member of the CDF is issued a genetically-engineered body, with identical physical capabilities regardless of gender. (And since the genetic engineering leaves them all sterile, female soldiers never get sidelined by maternity leave.)
  • In Percy Jackson and the Olympians and all his spinoffs and sequels, boys and girls fight side by side against monsters. Both genders can earn the respect of their comrades in combat, and there are about the same number of fatalities in combat for both genders.
  • In David Drake's RCN series, despite the 18th and 19th century-style culture of the Republic of Cinnabar, the presence of women in combat roles is entirely unremarked upon. In the series, two of the deadliest characters in armed combat are Adele Mundy and her "maid" Tovera, the biggest and toughest crewmember is a woman, Mistress Sand is in charge of the Republic intelligence service, and Leary's official second in command is a woman as well.
  • Redwall's later books do this. The first book had female combatants on the heroes' side, but no mention of female Mooks at all. Later books introduce more gender equality for both sides.
  • In Seafort Saga by David Feintuch, cadets and middies are treated the same regardless of their gender. This extends to mixed sleeping quarters and bathrooms, with it being said that your mates are like family (so having sex with them is a bad idea).
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe:
    • Just like in Legends, the various militaries are much more diverse than what is seen in the original and prequel trilogies.
    • Unlike the old expanded universe, Imperial military service is open to all humans, regardless of gender. One of the most popular new-canon Imperials is Grand Admiral Rae Sloane, a black woman.
  • Star Wars Legends: The films feature largely male-dominated militaries — some of the Jedi are women, as is Princess Leia, but most women aren't close to combat at all in either trilogy. The Expanded Universe changes this. Admittedly there aren't a lot of non-clone humans in Clone Wars works period, but works set around and after the original trilogy integrate the ranks of the Rebellion / New Republic, and to a lesser extent the Empire. Gender really isn't brought up in the Rebellion / New Republic, but there are women in every position — admirals and generals down to pilots and commandos. In the Empire, women fall into the Non-huMan category, which includes women, cyborgs, nonhumans, and droids, but some of them still claw their way up the ranks. There are more female Imperials than there are nonhuman Imperials. In the New Galactic Empire as well as the Imperial Remnant, gender issues have been almost completely abolished.
  • Steel Crow Saga: All societal roles, including all levels of military and leadership in the four major nations, are fully integrated, which is never portrayed as at all out of the ordinary. In addition, same-gender marriage is a norm, including among ruling families.
  • The Tales of the Branion Realm series by Fiona Patton, set in a fantasy Europe where gender roles are unrestricted. The oldest noble heir inherits regardless of sex, and religious posts (in thinly disguised versions of Christianity) are also open to all.
  • The Atans in The Tamuli are a Proud Warrior Race who seem to have no gender hangups. Anyone who reaches adulthood is expected to be a competent soldier, and their king and queen hold roughly equal status.
  • Downplayed in Literature/Temeraire. While women are allowed to serve in England's Aviator Corps (because for some reason the strategically indispensable Longwings will only accept female captains), this has to be kept a secret from the general populace for most of the series to avoid a public opinion backlash.
  • The Ten Thousand by Harold Coyle features a fully-integrated 21st century US Army conducting an evacuation through a hostile Germany. In addition to a female President, one of the combat viewpoint characters is a woman commanding a company.
  • Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold. Everybody but the Barrayarans seem to have a mixed military. The Betans especially seem to have no social differentiation between genders (and hermaphrodites) in their space service or society. Being a neutral world, they tend to sit out on most wars and don't really keep an actual military, but their science/astrocartographers/explorers have military training and fulfill that need as necessary. The Barrayarans' inability to process the idea of women soldiers works against them in the first book, as they not only hesitate to shoot the female protagonist (bad idea), they consistently underestimate her.
    Cordelia: The more physical jobs are skewed to the men, of course, but there doesn't seem to be this obsessive status-thing attached to it.
    • Which, in a culture as technologically advanced and reliant as Beta Colony, makes a lot of sense.
  • Warrior Cats: the Clan society has almost perfect gender equality, with equal numbers of female leaders and warriors throughout. The only real difference in how they're treated is when a female warrior becomes pregnant: she spends a few months in the nursery to have her kittens.
  • The Seanchan Empire in The Wheel of Time works this way. There seem to be roughly equal numbers of male and female nobles, soldiers, and military officers, all passing without comment, with the only exceptions being the all-female sul'dam/damane corps (as using magic safely is a Gender-Restricted Ability) and the mostly female raken pilots (as flying on a smaller pterosaur-esque creature requires a smaller stature).

    Live-Action TV 
  • On The 100, the Ark and Grounder societies appear to be gender equal, with women acting alongside men as leaders and warriors (including female commanders-in-chief), and there being no shame in a man staying home from war to serve as a non-combat medic. This is in contrast to the Mountain Men, whose soldiers and political leaders seem to be exclusively male.
  • In Andromeda, the High Guard was largely gender-equal, as demonstrated by Dylan's superior, the no-nonsense Admiral Constanza Stark. Averted by the Nietzscheans, whose pragmatic worldview means that women serve as breeders (and run damn near everything but combat and inter-clan politics; the leader is an alpha male, but the old women can depose him). Most prides kill sterile females. Surprisingly, the only pride that doesn't are one of the bad guys. The Drago-Kazov Pride instead sends sterile females to the military, where they can prove the genetic superiority of their relatives.
  • In Babylon 5 the government and military of the Earth Alliance is gender-equal, with women serving everywhere from ground pounders to fighter pilots to battleship captains, sinister psychic spec-ops and political powerhouses. Once the President Evil is exposed, his Vice President (a woman) takes over. The Expanded Universe also has female telepaths frequently take their mothers' last names, as the telepathic gene is stated to be passed down from the mother.
  • Battlestar Galactica: The rebooted series eats, sleeps, and breathes this trope. There are women in every major role of life, from "knuckledraggers" like Cally all the way up to President of the Colonies Laura Roslin. Men, likewise, often fill traditionally "female" roles like religious leader, diplomat, and secretary. All living quarters for the rank-and-file soldiers are unisex as well, including bathrooms. Also played for a bit of Fanservice, both in-universe and out.
  • Doctor Who: The new series has numerous references to Time Lords shifting genders during regeneration, and the Time Lords themselves do not care.
    • "The Doctor's Wife": When recalling an old friend of his, the Corsair, the Doctor switches between male and female pronouns seamlessly.
    • In "Hell Bent", for instance, there's a rank-and-file soldier who sees his superior officer, the General, regenerate from a white man into a black woman. All he does is change pronouns. However, the General states that it was the only incarnation so far where she'd been male, which fits with most of the past where the Doctor, Romana, Borusa, etc. had always regenerated into the same gender. This would indicate that gender identity has an influence over the process.
    • In "World Enough and Time", the Doctor says that fixed gender is a "petty human obsession", and the following episode has the Saxon Master express surprise at eventually becoming Missy, but it is mild surprise. He's soon calling her "lady version" and he's more upset about the possibility of her (and thus him) turning good.
    • The multi-Doctor episode "Twice Upon a Time" suggests this may be a recent development. The First Doctor constantly drops sexist Stay in the Kitchen comments (appropriate to the time his series was made), which utterly humiliates the Twelfth. As he was yet to ever regenerate himself and strongly considering not doing so at all, he may simply lack the proper perspective others have shown. The story ends with Twelve regenerating into the first female incarnation.
    • In "The Woman Who Fell to Earth", Thirteen has a brief Ma'am Shock when her gender is pointed out, asks "does it suit me" and then goes back to investigating the Monster of the Week without waiting for an answer.
  • Farscape: Peacekeepers practice a lot of Fantastic Racism and are usually played as kinda evil, but sexist they are not. Aeryn was a pilot, Grayza a Commandant, Xhalax a Senior Officer, etc. and whenever large groups are shown there are always plenty of females in the ranks. Aeryn does mention "female units" when explaining their Fantasy Contraception, but there are far more examples of mixed units throughout the series.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Wildling spearwives like Osha and Ygritte are just as welcome to take part in warbands as men.
    • The Faceless Men, despite their name, also don't seem to place any distinction on gender, with both Arya and the other trainee shown being women. Of course, since they can change identities on a whim, it rather makes sense.
    • Later, Jon declares that the girls of the north will receive the same combat training as the boys—the army of the dead doesn't discriminate, and they can't afford to either.
  • Motherland: Fort Salem: There are no visible gender restrictions in this society, with most witch soldiers being female (including the Army chief Alder, who founded them) and the US' current President is a women as well. If anything they seem slightly matriarchal.
  • In the Star Trek franchise, Starfleet is supposed to be purely integrated; with gender no hindrance to attaining any position. The shows themselves often didn't quite meet this lofty principle.
    • Star Trek: The Original Series suffered from Fair for Its Day, featuring female crewmembers who had as much authority as the writers thought they could get away giving them.
      • "Number One", Majel Barrett's character in the original Star Trek pilot, was the ship's first Executive Officer before being replaced. Gene Roddenberry claimed this was because studio executives pressured Roddenberry to tone this trope down because they insisted that Viewers Are Morons and couldn't handle women in any role other than secretaries and love interests. Barrett herself confirmed that even women viewers did not like the character. Other people involved at the time insist it's because the studio considered it unprofessional for him to cast his lover (and later wife) in the role; they had no problem with the character, only with the choice of actress.
      • The villain in the episode "Turnabout Intruder" says at one point that women cannot be starship captains. She has since been retconned into an Unreliable Narrator.
      • There was also a female Romulan Commander in "The Enterprise Incident."
      • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country takes things a step further towards integrating genders than the Original Series, by revealing that crew berths aboard Enterprise and Excelsior are co-ed, with both men and women in the enlisted crew sharing the same bunk space (though not actual bunks).
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation slightly improved this with female security chief Tasha Yar. Of course, this meant she was prone to The Worf Effect and thus generally came off as incompetent. They eventually dropped a bridge on her at the request of Denise Crosby, the actress who played Yar, who had grown disillusioned with her role because of the "Uhura-like" status of her part. The only other lead female roles were in the caregiver roles of Doctor and Counselor. Later she regretted her decision and returned as Tasha's half-Romulan daughter Sela (who looked exactly like her) from an alternate timeline.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine featured Major Kira as the station's second in command, but she wasn't actually a member of Starfleet. Lieutenant Dax, on the other hand, was the station's science officer and second officer (meaning, she supposedly was in command when Sisko and Kira weren't around).
      • During the war, when Sisko received a new assignment, Dax became commander of the Defiant.
    • Star Trek: Voyager: It wasn't until here that one of the Trek series actually reached this lofty principle with a leading female character as Captain (although female captains and admirals did appear in minor one-shot background roles from Star Trek: The Next Generation onward). There was also the first (regular) female Chief Engineer, and a woman in the role of a prominent scientist.
    • Star Trek: Enterprise has T'Pol, resident Ms. Fanservice and Number One at the same time. There are also a number of women in the security division and MACOs, plus the captain of the Columbia, Starfleet's second Enterprise-class starship.
    • Star Trek: Discovery gave us Captain Philippa Georgiou of the Shenzhou (who is also of East Asian descent, commanding the first ship with a non-Anglophone name). Plus of course, there's Michael Burnham, who was First Officer under her before mutinying (she is notably the first black female of this rank portrayed).

    Pro Wrestling 
  • This isn't present in mainstream lucha libre, such as the Trope Maker CMLL or LLI/UWA, where weight, height, and gender segregation tend to be strictly enforced, but luchadors fighting against luchadoras is a common sight on Mexico's independent lucha circuit, which is where Chikara and Lucha Underground in the USA get it from. The closest to a mainstream example is AAA, which is usually just as segregated as the other majors but has specific divisions where mixed match ups are allowed. Fabi and Mari Apache also held AAA's Trio belts with their father.
  • Despite being comprised almost entirely of men most of the time, women can and have been very successful in catch fetiche leagues found in The Democratic Republic of Congo. One doesn't even need the fighting skills of an active military soldier like three time champion, double Kasa Vuru and Kin Ouest champion Miss Marth to be successful(though it certainly doesn't hurt). Since some leagues allow, or at least have divisions that allow the use of drugs, both to enhance one's own performance and to hinder the opponent's, since some divisions allow the use of an Attack Animal, even smaller and or less skilled wrestlers can potentially beat men. Size advantage and sexual dimorphism mean a lot less in the coils of a boa constrictor.
  • Kaiju Big Battel had female Power Rangeru fighting alongside the kaiju heroes from the very beginning, with several other females joining the heroes, team space bug or the general rogues as the years went by. Then again, human combatants who don't use special technology and lack superpowers are the oddity rather than the norm in this "promotion".
  • Luchadoras first appeared on opposite sides of a mixed tag team match of Fighting Opera HUSTLE's third volume (Cinthia Moreno and Fabi Apache), while two joshi (Hikaru and the mysterious Arisin Z) tagged with Ikuto Hidaka and Jun Kasai on the first Christmas special. It wasn't until next year, following I'm Called Yinling, that they really headed into this trope when the eponymous woman not only entered into a feud with top face Ace Naoya Ogawa where she in one instance actually managed to pin him, but also brought together Arisin Z and others into an "Amazones" division of Generalissimo Takada's monster army who mainly assaulted the male faces. Yinling's main opponent then became Razor Ramon HG. Among the faces, the most notable example was probably Erica and Margarete winning the Super Tag Team Titles from Ryoji Sai and Wataru Sakata. It took no less than The Dudley Boys to dethrone them. Unfortunately, not every woman excelled, as Kenzo Suzuki's wife Hiroko will admit.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Eclipse Phase most obviously follows this trope and goes beyond it. In the transhuman future where bodies are just a shell that can be swapped easily (although expensively), and all bodies come with built-in immunity to sexually transmitted infection and can choose if they become pregnant or not, any and all conventional ideas of gender have pretty much fallen by the wayside. In the game, you have a separate gender for your body and mind and it's up to the players how they deal with that. Unless you do very extensive research, there is no real way to KNOW what gender a person is, whether they want to act male or female. Since not all people are human, or indeed humanoid, the issues presented in the game much more strongly run along species/artificial life prejudice than gender.
    • Slightly subverted in the case of the 'Fury' morph. This is a combat body that is built to be strong and tough and kick some serious butt, but the designers made them all women to give them a better inclination towards teamwork and less naked aggression.
  • RPGs in general. There's no restriction on character gender in most of them, with Dungeons & Dragons the most obvious.
    • Though we must point out that 1st edition D&D had a "fighting man" class, and there is an apocryphal story about Gary Gygax killing a character without a save in the first round of combat because "girls can't fight".
    • And there was a quickly excised rule that female characters automatically had a penalty for their strength (in turn getting a slight bonus to their Charisma). See Game-Favored Gender.
      • What the game did have, all through 1st Edition, was an upper limit on female strength - it affected only those females who played fighters, rolled an 18 for strength, followed by 51% or higher on the "exceptional strength" bonus. Anyone of either sex who wasn't a fighter didn't roll the bonus percentage even if they had an 18 strength, nor (obviously) did anyone who didn't have an 18 strength in the first place; and the various belts and gloves that conferred fantastic strength worked just fine regardless of the gender of the wearer. Eventually, TSR caved and this rule went the way of all flesh.
      • For female humans, that was the extent of the issue. Female demihumans' Strength-ceilings often kicked in a full point before their male counterparts', placing them at a serious disadvantage in combat classes. This, for races in which biological gender differences were otherwise less overt than humans'.
      • Dragon Magazine's letter column had one particular GM explaining his "balanced" house rule for his games, where female characters received a -2 strength penalty in return for the advantage of being capable of bearing children. The replies were... agitated, to say the least.
    • An interesting in-universe case: although there are no technical restrictions for the player characters, Drow society is pretty much 50% Evil Matriarch, 50% Always Chaotic Evil everyone else. Many players of male Drow (who aren't just trying to be Drizzt 2.0) play themselves as having come out of the Underdark so they can have better goals in life than being the "lucky" consort of a powerful enough woman that gets to be a walking sperm bank for longer than a few mating sessions before she tires of him.
      • 1st Edition rules blatantly enforced drow gender differences, giving their sexes different ability ranges and class advancement limits.
      • In 3E/3.5, drow were the only race in the core books to have mechanical gender differences... but it only mattered if they multiclassed (drow had different favored classes if they were female or male — cleric and wizard, respectively — but favored class didn't do anything if you kept to a single class).
  • Even Role Playing Games that are semi-historical tend to skirt around the issue. Games like Deadlands: Reloaded and Spirit of the Century have brief side notes concerning problems with playing in the time periods with regards to gender and race, but for the most part, they brush it aside and assume it is largely irrelevant.
    • Somewhat justified in that in these, and most other, RPGs the player characters are exceptional people, so they can overcome the usual drawbacks of gender (and/or race) of their times, as exceptional people throughout history have.
      • Deadlands, in particular, have explicitly mentioned lax gender restrictions because the setting is too dangerous to fuss about those things. When you need cowboys brave enough to move cattle through werewolf territory, you probably won't find enough to be picky about gender.
    • Legend of the Five Rings in its first edition had a brief essay by John Wick explaining that there was no possible way to justify female player characters in the setting ... but, as that wasn't fun, players and the GM should ignore it and allow them anyway.
    • Legends of the Wulin has rules for playing this either way. Essentially, a female PC only has to deal with sexism to the extent that her player makes sexism an element of her story; allowing them to play this trope straight or avert it as they please.
  • BattleTech As backward as the Feudal Future may seem at times, gender equality is pretty much the universe-wide default. Even in the (explicitly matriarchal) Magistracy of Canopus. Though the Draconis Combine does seem to have fewer military women in general compared to the others (and there are certainly issues with the Coordinator being a woman, which only happened once in Combine history), it still has quite a few. Then again, the DC is probably the least pragmatic of the 5 great houses when it comes to fighting.
    • The Clans play this even straighter, especially in the warrior caste. You will see men and women at every level of their military hierarchy and no one bats an eye at a female Galaxy Commander or Khan. Considering that a family unit and marriage do not exist among warriors and most reproduction is handled artificially (often after the parents are long dead) its safe to safe that the Clans have no social distinction between genders.
  • Traveller This varies from culture to culture. The ruling class of the Third Imperium is like this, however.
  • In Warhammer 40,000, it varies from service to service in the Imperium of Man, but most governmental, religious, and (in some cases) noble positions are gender-blind, as are the Inquisition, the Adeptus Astra Telepathica, Rogue Traders and the Adeptus Mechanicus. Some are segregated, though - the Space Marines are all men, evidently due to the genetic engineering required to make them, while the Sisters of Battle are all women because the Ecclesiarchy is banned from maintaining "men under arms". In the Imperial Guard, most regiments are single-gender, and men outnumber women roughly 9-to-1, but female officers and regiments are just as honored, and mixed-gender regiments are not unheard of. They are distinctly outnumbered in the higher ranks, though; one Mauve Shirt from the Ciaphas Cain series eventually reaches the exalted rank of Lady General but is among the only ones in recent history to have done so.
    • The Imperium is also completely uncaring about who fights for them as long as they can hold a gun, its a commonly mentioned background element that when the Imperium is desperate enough or when they just need a few more warm bodies to pad out the ranks that they will mass conscript children to fight for them so not only is gender no object age isn't either.
    • The absolute top end, the High Lords of Terra, is one hundred percent meritocratic and anyone who can't keep the post is assassinated by a subordinate or someone else. The current Ecclesiarch Eos Ritira and the current Master of the Administratum Violeta Roskavler are women. The only gender segregated High Lord rank achievable by mortals is the Abbess Sanctorum of the Adepta Sororitas.
    • Ditto most of the above for the Tau and Kroot of the Tau Empire. It helps their sexual dimorphism is much subtler than humans' anyway.
    • The Eldar and Dark Eldar also have no gender restrictions in their societies. Males rarely become Howling Banshees or Wyches, but only for symbolism reasons, and some still choose to be.
  • Warhammer sort of uses this.
    • While the Bretonnian knights are extremely chivalrous (in the protect-the-women-at-all-costs sense), their army's spellcasters are women, priestesses chosen by the Lady of the Lake, and there was a Jeanne d'Archétype with Repanse de Lyonesse. However, it's mentioned that the peasant women aren't particularly oppressed since Bretonnian peasants have such a crappy life they're pretty much equal in all aspects including rights. The RPG does establish that female adventures in Brettonia generally have to play Sweet Polly Oliver to be taken seriously (with a brief aside that the writers do not endorse this attitude).
    • Played straight with the three Elven armies which have healthy doses of both male and female units.
    • The Empire doesn't really discriminate against women (who can become adventurers with no issue), likely due to the world being so horrible banning women from active duty is not even borderline suicidal.
  • Paranoia makes a point that there is no practical difference between the genders. Between the fact that new clones are decanted, not born, and everyone is on pretty powerful hormone suppressants that keep sexual dimorphism and most especially sexual impulses way down (the latter being removed entirely), this is extremely accurate. The only reason the game even has sexes at all (rather than assuming Alpha Complex produced straight up sexless clones) is to ensure that there's an added bit of humor when someone works out how to suppress the hormone suppressants.
  • In Exalted, the corebook specifically states that Exaltations do not choose a host based on gender and that the setting's dominant culture- the Realm- does not treat men and women differently in any way. (This is probably because the Realm is ruled by the titular Exalted.) Various other places discriminate against either men or women, as their culture dictates, but for the most part, Creation is left egalitarian for Rule of Fun.
  • In the rules of Tunnels & Trolls, the full extent of gender segregation is an optional rule for gender differences in character height and weight, quote: "if you want to be chauvinistic about it." In the rules, and in at least a large proportion of the published adventures, female warriors are presented as a common occurrence. Not bad for the second oldest RPG rules set.
  • Rocket Age largely ignores gender as an issue, despite the game taking place in the late 1930s, since the kind of people willing to leave Earth tend to be progressive and more exposed to other cultures than those at home. Some of this change comes from exposure to Mars, where in most castes, gender is utterly irrelevant.
  • In Kingdom Death you play as a group of Survivors that build a settlement of hunters. There is no difference in how Survivors advance their stats and a good hunting group is typically comprised of male and female Survivors.

    Video Games 
  • Computer role-playing games. This trope is true in many of them simply because female gamers play these games too. Usually, this trope is handwaved and never commented upon. In very old PC Role Playing Games, however, it was common for there to be gender-based stat adjustments, usually with male characters getting a bonus to strength and female characters getting a compensating bonus to charisma, dexterity or intelligence.
  • The futuristic militaries in Call of Duty: Black Ops III are this. The advent of cybernetic augmentations has rendered physical differences between men and women non-existent, and since the focus of warfare has shifted from aerial and technological supremacy back to foot soldiers, anyone capable of fighting is in high demand. Notably, not only are the titular black ops squads gender integrated - and the Player Character can be male or female - but the enemies the protagonist is pitted against are male and female as well, averting the Men Are the Expendable Gender trope. Notably, though only enemy troops are egalitarian. Friendly generic soldiers are always male.
  • Age of Empires III had female characters who fully acted as combatants, which was never mentioned by anyone in-game.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • Ranges from being downplayed to being played straight depending on the specific game, but it is always present. The early games in the series have purely male generic guards, soldiers, bandits, etc. but named characters in these roles can be of either gender. Later games in the series have introduced more women in these roles. It seems that in Tamriel, there's nothing stopping women from signing up, but they just don't join up as often. The deep backstory is also chock full of notable female monarchs, faction leaders, and great heroes.
    • After being a One-Gender Race of all male lesser Daedra in Oblivion, Online introduces female Xivilai. Both genders have similar combat prowess, spellcasting abilities, and status.
    • Skyrim:
      • Reveals this to be the case for Skyrim's Jarls (Earls). Jarls can be either men or women, and their children inherit their title regardless of gender. When characters debate who the next High King of Skyrim should be, disagreements have more to do with philosophy and allegiance than the gender of the candidate, and no one questions Elisif's claim to the crown because she's a woman.
      • Historically, Skyrim has also had many badass warriors of both genders and several legendary figures in Nord are women.
      • Female soldiers are rare, but still present in the game though mostly on the Stormcloak side, while the Imperial Legion has Legate Rikke as its most prominent female member. There also plenty of female bandits and Forsworn.
  • The Fallout universe has a fairly equal amount of female and male bandits, raiders, quest-givers and such. Justified in post-apocalyptic settings, really, since it would be stupid for society to waste any able pair of hands.
    • Until Fallout: New Vegas introduced Caesar's Legion. The Legion represents conservative values taken to their logical conclusion (i.e. emulating the past), and not only do characters comment on what a bad idea this is, but the Legion also alienates a large amount of the population as a result.
    • As a counterpoint, the NCR is highly egalitarian when it comes to gender. Women can be found in every role within the NCR's society and military, which makes sense since probably the most influential figure in their history has been Tandi, who was female and eventually became President. And even with the more chauvinist policies under President Kimball's administration, women can still rise up the ranks with distinction; compared to the Legion, the sexism that's crept into the NCR is outright benign.
  • Final Fantasy:
  • Fire Emblem mixes the genders readily, both in the army as a whole and within the different classes. Only a handful of classes are single-gender, including the all-women Pegasus Knight class. This got played straighter as of the Fates installments. All classes became available to all gender, with their names being changed. However, Pegasus Knight and Valkyrie, otherwise female only, became Sky Knight and Strategist. Similarly, the otherwise male-only Fighter class became accessible to female thanks to Charlotte, and the Hoshidan equivalent to it (Oni Savage) had Rinkha as its representative. However, there are some special DLC-exclusive classes such as Witch, Starlode and Bride that are available only to a certain gender. The Dancer class is also only accessible by Azura.
  • Gears of War:
    • The first two games and the novelizations subvert this. Only men do the fighting. All fertile women are used for reproductive purposes, while non-fertile women serve in support roles. The third game, however, plays this straight. The women fight alongside the men. This is because humanity is down to its last throes and needs every available body to fight.
    • Before Emergence Day active female Gears were not unheard of and were at least as common as female soldiers are today, some examples introduced in the Aspho Fields novel being Bernadette Mataki and Helena Stroud, Stroud being the commander of her own company and the mother of Anya from the games. Gender equality and civil rights took a nosedive after most of humanity was killed after E-Day and men became more expendable than women.
  • The Mass Effect universe is a mixed example:
    • The franchise seems to be gender blind when it comes to humans, for the most part. Possibly quarians as well, considering the only quarian military groups we ever see are lead by Tali and the Admiralty board splits 60/40. Other alien races don't show their females at all (the asari, being a One-Gender Race, don't count), but Garrus' war stories show that the turians are integrated too. Restrooms are still segregated, though, as EDI will remind you if you stumble into the wrong room. Maybe a Justified Trope with genetic enhancements being standard for soldiers of humanity.
    • Salarians do not follow this rule though since their species breeds too few females to throw them into combat. Instead, they're actually a matriarchy where the few salarian females are always given positions of leadership and authority.
    • Tali and Ashley discuss this in the first game. Ashley mentions how long it took human women to prove they could handle shotguns, with Tali replying that the Flotilla can't afford the "luxury of sexism".
    • In Lair of the Shadow Broker one of the files states that infertile krogan females at least have garrison roles on their homeworld. All krogan are taught how to fight from childhood, it's a question of who they can afford to risk. Indeed, stories of krogan history prior to the genophage suggest that krogan females had equal rights and were just as respected as the males (the female Warlord Shiagur is often mentioned as being one of the most legendary badasses the krogan have ever known). The only reason krogan females are kept cloistered away in modern times is because the genophage has forced the krogan to safeguard their females to ensure the survival of their species. Clan Nakmor in Mass Effect: Andromeda (which has mostly overcome this problem) plays the trope straight: the clan itself is led by the female Nakmor Morda, while Nakmor Kesh is Superintendent of the Nexus.
    • Interestingly enough, the first game plays with this trope a bit in terms of your options of NPC allies: classes that specialize in one form of warfare (Soldier, Adept, Engineer) are given to female characters (Ashley, Liara, and Tali, respectively). On the other hand, hybrid classes (Vanguard, Sentinel, and Infiltrator) are provided by males (Kaidan, Wrex and Garrus). However, the Player Character, Shepard, can choose to follow this trend or avert it, based on their gender and class selection.
  • Dragon Age mostly portrays Thedas as being egalitarian when it comes to gender:
    • In the vast majority of nations and cultures women are allowed to serve alongside men in the military and become knights and other warriors such as templars and Seekers. The Grey Wardens are mentioned as having fewer female members than other martial orders, likely because women are made into broodmothers by the darkspawn, but this seems to have been Retconned in later installments. Heir Club for Men is apparently nonexistent in the nobility and royalty, with the eldest offspring being the heir regardless of gender. Women can also be scholars, politicians, and leaders in the Circle of Magi without any protest. Justified as the setting's equivalent of Jesus Christ was a woman, and her status as a role model explains why a society that falls prey to many of the same social ills that plagued real-life medieval Europe is so gender-egalitarian.
    • Krem mentions in Dragon Age: Inquisition that in Tevinter's military women are allowed to fight but are segregated from the men, but otherwise there is no indication that the Imperium is different than the rest of Thedas, aside from their Chantry (see below).
    • The Qunari come the closest to having a Stay in the Kitchen attitude, albeit towards both genders, as they view men and women equally worthy and important but having innately different roles in their society. Those who transgress against these gender roles aren't punished for their nonconformity but are declared effectively transgender and treated as the gender that matches with their new role.
    • The Chantry, the main human religion, actually is segregated. Although lower positions have a few men mixed in, all priests and higher administrative positions are required to be women. This is flipped in Tevinter, where all higher-ranking officials are men. According to Dorian, they did this basically to spite the southern Chantry and separate themselves from them.
  • World of Warcraft players abide by this trope, but the societies they're theoretically members of aren't necessarily so accepting. Most notably night elf warriors are female and druids are male.
    • The night elves are one of the few notable exceptions. For the vast majority of WoW's cultures, this trope is played completely straight.
    • It's mentioned that due to the casualties suffered during the war against the Legion in Warcraft III, the night elves have dropped their traditional gender requirements. (Also, they were only requirements for joining the Sentinels or formal druidic training, respectively - there's no rule that says a night elven man couldn't be a badass swordsman on his own.)
  • Dwarf Fortress plays it straight for most humanoid species; the game's code could grant bonuses or even make certain skills exclusive to one gender or the other, but currently doesn't.
  • Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura imparts a strength penalty and endurance bonus on females (which can be negated by taking the "Tomboy" background) but otherwise does not question the idea of a female magician, a female inventor, a female warrior or a female sailor, nor does anyone complain about a female adventurer wandering the countryside with five men or delving into ruins and caves. Virgil will comment on the oddity of (male elf) Nasrudin reincarnating as a woman but has no problem with it otherwise. The times you're directly treated differently due to your gender can be counted on a factory worker's right hand.
  • In Bioshock Infinite, despite the fact that Columbia has some seriously regressive social values, gender doesn't seem to be a problem as you can clearly see women fighting for both the Founders and the Vox Populi (the latter even being lead by a woman). It's even the cause of some Enemy Chatter when one Founder is shocked at the inequality down in early 20th century America. Making it all the more shocking that they don't blink an eye at some horrific racism. Fridge Brilliance when you think about it. Comstock would want to remove sexism from Columbian society since he was grooming Elizabeth to replace him as Columbia's leader.
  • Xenonauts: Let's face it, having so many female military officers in 1979 is a bit of a stretch.
  • In Long Live the Queen, the kingdom of Nova operates on absolute primogeniture: the eldest child, male or female, inherits their parent's title.
  • In Detroit: Become Human, the U.S. soldiers that raid the Android rebellion's stronghold include female units, three of whom can be directly killed by the main characters.
  • Despite being set in fantasy-World War II, the Valkyria Chronicles series has a rather equal gender divide for both Gallia and the greater Federation, although Empire troops tend to be all male. The games do explain it, though: Gallia has a policy of Universal Conscription and everyone receives military training in high school, so when the militia is activated the women are called to arms as well. The Federation allows anyone to enlist, and everyone who wants to fight on the front lines goes through the same basic training; male or female, if you pass, you can serve. The Empire practices more traditional conscription, dragging any able-bodied young men to the frontlines as necessary but sparing the women to run their factories.
  • In The Sims, female Sims can do anything male Sims can. The only exception to this is using urinals and even that could probably be changed with a mod or cheat. Male Sims, meanwhile can bear children just like female Sims if the right cheat code is used.
  • In Rimworld, every faction uses both men and women as soldiers. Also, backstories of characters sometimes indicate they were members of the military, and you can find women who were space marines or mercenaries as much as men.
  • Muv-Luv: the franchise has plenty of women in the military... in fact, women outnumber men in the military. The explanation for this is that initial battles against the BETA went so catastrophically poorly and losses were so high that there simply aren't enough young men to recruit for the military anymore.
  • Saints Row has done this throughout the series, with the second game featuring just as many male cops as female cops, as well as an equal amount of male gang members and female gang members, resulting in a rather very diverse cast for a gritty crime game.
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater: For a game set in The '60s, very few people make a huff over the fact that The Boss, one of the most notable soldiers alive, is a woman. It's implied that nobody ever dared to bring it because of her connection to the Philosophers and because she is just that good.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY seems to be completely unconcerned with gender. We see a roughly equal number of female warriors as male, and never are the women considered any less of a fighter than the men. Beacon Academy even has co-ed bunking among teammates, and no one bats an eye at this.

  • The Order of the Stick is a good example; even in areas inspired by societies who never recruited female soldiers (like Azure City), there are plenty of female warrior characters. For elves, gender is literally no objectnote . While in the early days of the comic the default for a character was male, and Haley something of The Chick, the author has since improved on this and there are equal numbers of female and male characters in the comic.
  • In the Schlock Mercenary universe, women can be found at all levels, from lowly grunts up to admirals commanding fleets and all over the civilian sphere, and aside from a few sexist comments here and there no particular note is taken of it. It probably helps that technology has made any physical differences utterly irrelevant; women don't even have pregnancies anymore since artificial wombs were perfected.
  • In Alfdis & Gunnora, it's a little hard to tell, because all dwarves have beards, but there are apparently no barriers to women in the army.
  • In Daughter of the Lilies sexism seems to be non-existent despite it taking place in a more or less medieval-ish fantasy setting. When Thistle is hired as member of a group of mercenaries, there's already a woman in the team, and the objection to hiring Thistle (mentioned only after she's hired) is that she's a mage, most of whom are arrogant and self-centered to the point of being completely useless in battle.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: In that world, the military exists mostly to fight Plague Zombie monsters, so gender seems to have little importance as long as one is The Immune, while the population category that tends to be kept away from the front lines and protected is the portion that is not The Immune. Where the story itself is concerned, nobody seems to mind having two women and three men share a small dormitory aboard an Awesome Personnel Carrier for several months. In addition, the crew Team Dad is female, the Team Mom is male, and neither ever got any in-universe remarks about having a behavior more appropriate for the other gender.
  • In El Goonish Shive, this is inverted in Magus' home universe because gender bending magic is commonplace. It is implied that practically all roles are performed almost entirely by people who are or become the "best suited" gender for that role. If someone (like that universe's alternate of Tedd) insists on defying this, they are considered to be wasting their potential by not optimizing their gender to their chosen role. This also implies that, in this society, everyone is expected to be genderfluid.

    Web Original 
  • Ilivais X has the total characters of either gender exactly the same, in a setting where the only named characters are Super Prototype pilots or high-ranking military commanders. For the most part, the implication of prejudice for ANY group is highly frowned upon.
  • Mahu: In "Second Chance", both the army and the fleet of the Galactic Commonwealth is composed by males and females from all the nation's species. Indeed, Task Force Manticore (the Commonwealth's main fleet) is often lead by female admirals.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • The Fire Nation's armies have men and women fight alongside each other — one general's speech to his troops includes the line "We are the sons and daughters of fire." Even their prisons are unisex. Despite being the primary antagonists, they are unique in this respect. The Earth Kingdom army has few if any women (nothing is specifically stated, but none of the shots of their armies seem to involve women fighting). The Northern Water Tribe explicitly forbids women from fighting, much to Katara's annoyance. And, before the Air Nomad Genocide, the air temples were also segregated (Eastern and Western for females, Northern and Southern for males, though this is more likely due to their Buddhist inspiration than sexism). Zig-zagged for the Southern Water Tribe. There are also plenty of non-bending women who are fighters, namely the (exclusively-female) Kyoshi Warriors.
    • The spirit of the Avatar has reincarnated into both male and female over the centuries. The Avatar is respected no matter which gender the current incarnation takes. However, the age and training level of the current Avatar WILL cause that respect to vary. Incidentally, of the seven incarnations we learn any detail about, the men were all conciliatory to a fault and the women were decisive and relatively ruthless.
    • Kuvira in The Legend of Korra has Mooks of both genders.
  • In The Dragon Prince, there are many women among the soldiers and assassins, both among humans and elves. The Humans even have a female general, while the elves have a elven commander. There are still more male soldiers and assassins, but women do this job is absolutely normal there.
  • In Futurama the military is generally portrayed as integrated and both men and women are liable for conscription. Played for laughs when at a parade Linda, an announcer, states: "Representing our men, women and children in uniform, it's Earth's greatest space hero, Zapp Brannigan!" Except for one episode, where Brannigan informs Leela that women are no longer allowed in the military, due to the many sexual harassment suits that result from him personally. She's forced to pull a Sweet Polly Oliver and become "Lee Lemon" in order to protect Bender and Fry (who "always die if [she's] not there").
  • Done every which way in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Zigzagged with the Royal Guards, where Princess Celestia seems to prefer an all-male military as her guards were exclusively male until late of Season 8, but is perfectly willing to integrate females into her military when the need arises such as needing the extra troops to fight King Sombra in a Bad Future or shore up her guard's numbers in the event of a heightened threat.
    • Played straight with the Wonderbolts who don't seem to care what your gender is so long as you're a capable flyer, and Grogar's Legion of Doom who don't seem to care what your gender is so long as you're sufficiently villainous.
    • Averted with alicorn royalty who are exclusively female (male royalty don't get the "promotion" and remain unicorns) and Princess Celestia and Twilight Sparkle's proteges, who are always exclusively female unicorns.
  • In Star Trek: Lower Decks, the ensigns of the lower decks crew sleep in large open bunks with no gender segregation. In the episode "Kayshon, His Eyes Open", it was revealed that crew of both genders even shower together.

    Real Life 
  • Several European monarchies (e.g., Sweden and Belgium) now allow the firstborn to inherit regardless of gender, and others are considering the change.
    • Japan seriously considered the change when then-Crown Prince (now Emperor as of 2019) Naruhito's daughter Aiko appeared likely to be his only child. Then his younger brother Fumihito fathered a son, Hisahito, and the discussion ended.
    • England made a first tentative step to this when it came to their monarchy back with Queen Mary I (daughter of Henry VIII and older sister of Elizabeth I). It should be noted, however, that Mary only became Queen because her younger brother Edward (who had already reigned as King Edward VI) died with no issue and she was next in line for the throne. However, for the next 500 years (or so) England and its successor state, Great Britain, practiced male-preference primogeniture: i.e. a woman would inherit only if she had no brothers. That rule changed in March 2015, when the Perth Agreement came into effect, changing the law to absolute primogeniture (eldest child inherits regardless of gender) in all the Commonwealth Realms, the 17 countries that retain the British monarch as their own head of state (that is, as their own monarch). Ironically, at the time, it didn't much matter, as the Queen's eldest child was male, his eldest child was male, and his eldest child was male. However, Princess Charlotte was born less than two months later and was duly placed just below her older brother in the line of succession.
    • Actually, this was attempted much earlier in England. Henry I's son died at sea and he made his daughter, Empress Matilda, his heir and made his baron's swear allegiance. However, upon his death, his nephew Stephen with support of some Barons usurped the throne. It led to a long civil war known as The Anarchy. Matilda did manage to dethrone Stephen for a brief period, but ultimately he regained the throne. He was eventually forced to name Matilda's son, Henry II, as his heir.
    • The Dutch monarchs have been predominately female for the past century (the current is male, although he has had 3 daughters so far, so the one after him will be female) with straight primogeniture. The only distinction can be found in the monarch's spouse: a King's wife gets the title of Queen, but a Queen's husband is not called King, but Prince-companion. Possibly, people were worried that King sounded more important than Queen, and didn't want others to think that the guy that married into the royal family was the big shot.
      • Also directly related to why the Luxembourgian monarchy is not following this trope. When a woman inherited the Dutch throne, they basically dug up an old law that says only men can inherit theirs and thus won their independence. Two generations later, however, they abolished Salic law anyway because the man who became Grand Duke following the accession of Queen Wilhelmina had been a 17th cousin of her father, and when that man's son had no surviving sons, he changed the law so his daughter inherited rather than subject anyone to having to dig up another distant relative.
      • This is very similar to the role of the "Prince Consort" of the Commonwealth realms (Albert for Victoria, and Philip for Queen Elizabeth), which operates on the same principle: he married into royalty and has all the same perks, but he still must walk "one step behind" his Queen. The idea is basically the spear counterpart to the "Queen Consort" (a Queen who married into the family rather than a "Queen Regnant", which is a ruling Queen).
      • Only Albert actually held the formal title Prince Consort in the UK (and is likely to always have this distinction); Philip is formally just HRH Prince Philip.
    • Modern-day monarchies tend to follow one of three patterns: gender is ignored (this trope, in other words), females can inherit, but males take preference (exactly how much preference is given varies, so this pattern incorporates a lot of variation), and females can't inherit.
    • The Russian monarchy traditionally had little objection toward women on the throne, starting way back with princess Olga, though men usually held priority. Another early example was princess Sophia, the elder sister of Peter I and Ivan V, though she was technically a Regent to the still-minor co-Tsars, and not a ruling monarch. But it really shone during the XVIII century, which was commonly dubbed "Бабье царство" or "Women Reign": the succession law left over by Peter the Great was very vague, as if intentionally inviting the adventurous princess to take a shot at the throne, and he himself died of illness rather suddenly without designating a successor. This led to his widow Catherine I succeeding him, and a whole bunch of women after that-his niece Anna Ioannovna, his daughter Elisabeth, and, finally, his granddaughter-in-law Catherine the Great. Most of these women were weak rulers, though, being easily manipulated, except the last one. Catherine the Great's son Paul I, though, was sick of the palace atmosphere, and being a great admirer of all things Prussian instituted a very strict male primogeniture in the Prussian fashion, which survived all the way to the endnote .
  • Most modern military forces around the world allow women to serve in most roles. Generally, however, women are restricted from serving in front-line infantry, armored units, and special forces (though these bans have gradually eroded over time in most Western countries, and many don't have any restrictions at all). Most will claim it's out of a sense of fairness, and it may well be, but in a lot of cases, it's initially motivated by a shortage of recruits.
    • The United States armed forces has no bans against women in any military role as of December 2015, following a transitory process that began in January 2013 when the Combat Exclusion Policy was lifted by then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and already has female combat engineers, artillery operators, infantrywomen, and even special forces operatives in the Army Rangers. Of course, this was just when the policy was "officially" lifted. As many in favor of gender integration have pointed out, the blurred lines of modern warfare have made that every member of the armed forces is essentially a combat troop. Also, the US Navy has a long history of powerful female military personnel. Admiral Michelle J. Howard is the former Vice Chief of Naval Operationsnote , and Vice Admiral Nora W. Tyson was the commander of the entire naval Third Fleet.
    • Canada's military is fully integrated and has been since 2001 when the last holdout (submarine service, for the entirely practical reason they didn't have submarines equipped for female crew members until then) had its prohibition against women serving aboard lifted.
    • The Soviet Union made much to do about the number of women in their Air Force. The first two women in space and the only two female flying aces were Soviets. They also had tankers, snipers and a good many partisans.
      • This was only during the Great Patriotic War (a.k.a. The Eastern Front of World War II for those unfamiliar with the Russian term), due to severe personnel shortages. After the war, as in Western countries, there was strong pressure for women to retire from the "dangerous" frontline roles.
      • In the modern Russian military women are allowed to serve in a non-combat (but not non-frontline) roles only, though there is some discussion of allowing them the greater participation, again mainly due to the manpower shortages.
    • Israel has one of the more gender-balanced armies in the world. It's also one of the few where women are subject to conscription like the men, though they are more likely than men to get an exemption, and have to serve a minimum of two years instead of the men's three. They are placed in combat units only if they volunteer to do so, though it should be noted that most combat units are male-exclusive due to potential problems with a unit's social dynamic (for example, tests have shown that male combatants tend to lose their better judgment when a female comrade is injured much more readily then if a male comrade is wounded). Female pilots are still allowed and are relatively common.
    • In Eritrea, everyone has been subject to the draft since 1995, with the only exception being pregnant women.
  • There's a theory that ancient Neanderthal society might have been like this, with women and children joining men out in the hunt.
  • In the 2012 Paralympic Games the wheelchair rugby tournament, often proudly self-identified as one of the most brutal contact sports to be legally played, included two mixed-gender teams.
  • Archaeological research has uncovered evidence that women fought in the ancient Persian military. The Scythians, a neighboring people, also apparently had women warriors who fought alongside men with the same armor, weapons, soldiers' tattoos, and burial rites.


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