News, Information and Inspiration for the women who have or continue to serve the red, white and blue.
The government-led mobilization of women for World War II (1939-1945) expanded women’s roles to include those traditionally considered “men’s work,” highly skilled jobs such as pilots, mechanics, and radio engineers. Nearly 400,000 women served in the military over the course of the war; ten times the number who served during World War I (1914-1919). Women also joined humanitarian organizations such as the American Red Cross and the United Service Organizations (USO).
Confession #408: He’s a Marine and soon I’ll be a Soldier. I know he’s scared about the dual military aspect of it, but every day he takes the time to remind me that we’re stronger than any distance. It gets hard at times, and I question if I can do it, but I just think of him and it gets a little easier. Plus, the military can’t have us forever, but we can have each other forever.
Cmdr. Brenda Hamilton of Great Lakes has thrived as a dentist during her 17 years of service in the U.S. Navy. She also represents a portion of the 38 percent of women in the armed forces who has children. Hamilton talks about how she balances military life with parenting.
The number of women in the military has doubled in the past decade. According to the Pentagon, about 10 percent of the 2.2 million troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been women. These women are more likely to be in the line of fire than those serving in previous wars -- and that means they're also at a higher risk of having depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems.
Serving our country Military service is not just about patriotism. Serving in the U.S. military offers an equal opportunity for training, education, and life experience that is unparalleled in the civilian world. Women today make up about 15 percent of the U.S. military. In 1970, Colonel Anna Mae Hays, Chief, Army Corps of Nurses, was promoted to Brigadier General, becoming the nation’s first woman to hold the officer rank of General.
In this June 19, 2009 photo Susie Bain poses in Austin, Texas, with a 1943 photo of herself when she was one of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) during World War II. Bain is one of 300 living WASP members that hoped at the time to be honored with the Congressional Gold Medal. The bill passed and on March 10, 2010, more than 200 WASP veterans attended a ceremony to be presented with the Congressional Gold Medal. (AP Photo/Austin American Statesman, Ralph Barrera)