The Evolving Role of Women in the Military

Since the American Revolution, women have played an integral role in military operations. From caring for the injured and sick to picking up arms when needed, women have demonstrated that when it comes to defending your country, gender doesn’t matter.

With the repeal of the Direct Combat Exclusion Rule, women have virtually unlimited opportunities in today’s military. Not that that stopped them from direct combat operations before.

This month the Department of Defense is honoring the countless women who have gone into harm’s way to protect the American way of life in their 2013 Women’s History Month special. Scroll down for a timeline of significant milestones in the evolving role of women in the military.

Be sure to visit the service specific sites too, celebrating the contributions women have made in the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.

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  • horatio

    women are strong i’ll give you that