Honoring Women Veterans

Tomorrow, as we honor all those who have courageously served our country, we want to take a few moments to recognize the women–past and present–who have served this country in many ways. Some stats:

 

 

  • us-army-female-soldiersOver 24,000 women served in World War I half of whom were nurses in the Navy, Army and Red Cross. (National Women’s History Project)
  • 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. (National Women’s History Project)
  • More than 155,000 women have served in Iraq since 2003–this is 4 times the number of women sent to Desert Storm in 1991. (National Women’s History Project)
  • The current projected percentage of U.S. Veterans who are women is 10%. (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs)
  • 167,464 female Veterans live in the state of Florida–we have the third largest population of women Veterans in the U.S. (Texas and California take the two top spots).
  • The average age of women Veterans is 48; compared to 63 for their male counterparts. (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs)

Some of the most influential women Veterans of all time (via CustomizedGirl Blog)

Deborah Samson–During the Revolutionary War, Deborah Samson disguised herself as a young man and presented herself to the American army as a willing volunteer to fight.

Cathay Williams–Cathay Williams was the first African American female to enlist, serving in the United States Army under the pseudonym William Cathay.

Mary Walker–At the beginning of the American Civil War, she volunteered for the Union Army as a civilian nurse, as the Army had no female surgeons. After years of non-paid service, she was finally awarded a commission as a “Contract Acting Assistant Surgeon”, becoming the first-ever female U.S Army surgeon.

Irene Kinne Englund–Irene Englund was a woman aviator who piloted military aircraft during World War II as a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots. She was one of the handfuls of women to be awarded Veteran status by the military at a time when such a thing was unheard of.

Eileen Collins–During Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada), Eileen Collins flew the evacuated medical students and their families out of Grenada, but was “not considered as having been in combat”. In 1998, Collins became the first Woman Space Shuttle Commander.

On behalf of all of us at Generation W, we thank you for your service.

Click here to visit The National Women’s History Project for more information on women and the military.

Click here for more information on women Veterans from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Click here for a complete list of the 20 most influential female Veterans of all time.