As noted by The National Women’s History Project, “Beginning with the American Revolution and continuing to the present, women have always volunteered in defense of our nation. Many of their contributions have been forgotten and are not recorded in today’s history books.” So we’re taking this opportunity to call special attention to all of the women who have selflessly and bravely served our country, alongside the men who have done the same.
WWI: Over 24,000 women served in World War I half of whom were nurses in the Navy, Army, and Red Cross.
WWII: From 1942-1945, while men fought in the battlefront of World War II, over 18 million women filled the civilian and defense positions created is the country’s shift to wartime productions.
July 31, 2006: U.S. Marines from 3D Marine Aircraft Wing on a training exercise in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Photo Credit: Sergeant Jennifer L. Jones
Today: In Iraq, the front line is everywhere and everywhere in Iraq, women in the U.S. military fight. More than 155,000 of them have served in Iraq since 2003. This is 4 times the number of women sent to Desert Storm in 1991- and more than 430 have been wounded and over 70 killed. This is almost twice the number of U.S. military women killed in action in Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm combined.
For a complete timeline of the history of military women visit the Women In Military Service For America Memorial, the official site of the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, a unique, living memorial honoring all military women – past, present and future – and the only major national memorial honoring women who have served in our nation’s defense during all eras and in all services.
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Between 1942 and 1944, at the height of World War II, more than a thousand women left homes and jobs for the opportunity of a lifetime… to become the first in history to fly for the U.S. military. They volunteered as civilian pilots in an experimental Army Air Corp program to see if women could serve as pilots and relieve men for overseas duty. These women became the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, better known as the WASP. Under the determined leadership of Jacqueline Cochran, Nancy Harkness Love, and General Henry “Hap” Arnold the WASP exceeded beyond all expectations. (Source:Texas Woman’s University)