Exemption of women
The issue of women being exempted was addressed and approved in 1981 by the
United States Supreme Court in Rostker v. Goldberg, with the Court holding "The
existence of the combat restrictions clearly indicates the basis for Congress'
decision to exempt women from registration. The purpose of registration was to
prepare for a draft of combat troops. Since women are excluded from combat,
Congress concluded that they would not be needed in the event of a draft, and
therefore decided not to register them."