Let me comment on that based on my own "non-combat" Air Force experience--Do you still cheer for equality when people's daughters come back in bags or are raped as prisoners of war? Or when they let their comrades down because they couldn't cut it? Because that has happened and will continue to. It's not something I cheer for.
We guys were really concerned when the first woman came into our shop. As it turns out, technically she was as sharp and quick to learn as any of the guys, this one young lady more so than a lot of the guys. The one "deficiency" was that she was clueless about tools as the tech training did not involve much "hands-on training" that was given in the field.
In all my experience with woman in maintenance, their failure rate is no different than men's. Only one woman was a total disaster and still haunts my dreams. But thinking they could not perform as well as the men was soundly proven wrong. Perhaps not as many remained in the service as a career, percentage wise, opting to separate, get married, have kids, whatever they chose to do with their lives, but they did their duty well.
My wife and I talked about this a bit after a news report on the subject, and I told her my biggest dread in serving with women in combat would have been to have to pick up their parts if things went bad. Not that picking up parts of men would have been easy, but mentally it would have been worse with women--for me at least.
For myself, I think it should be left up to the women to prove themselves capable, not on the preconceived ideas and concepts of men. Let them succeed or fail on their own merits. Sons and daughters have been lost in every war at some level or other.