Women Veterans Connect:
Everything You Need to Know

Women, like men, should try to do the impossible, and when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.

~ Amelia Earhart

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Women Veterans have served our country with distinction, dedication, courage, loyalty, and pride and many have achieved amazing successes while in service of the United States military.

They have piloted space shuttles, served in combat zones, worked aboard nuclear submarines, commanded ships – including aircraft carriers, earned the Medal of Honor, become four-star generals, and much more.

After their time in the service is over, women veterans have gone on to serve as leaders in their communities, in non-profits, in education, and in virtually every category of business and finance.

Women Veterans Through History

On The Front Lines

Women have been involved, in non-enlisted roles, with the US military dating as far back as 1775 and the American Revolution. They originally served in domestic occupations such as nursing, cooking, seamstressing, and laundry.

Many women also contributed to the Civil War, whether it was through nursing, spying or physically fighting on the battlefield.
Interestingly, many women enlisted while disguised as men and served in combat.

When their true gender was discovered, most commonly as a result of being injured, they were occasionally punished but usually, they were simply discharged and sent home.

Loretta Walsh was the first woman who was allowed to enlist – as a woman – in 1917.

After World War II, the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, a law that was enacted in 1948, cemented a permanent place for women as part of the military services.

In 1990 and 1991, some 40,000 American military women were deployed during the Gulf War operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; however, no women officially served in combat.

United States Service Academies

On July 7, 1976, the first group of women was enrolled at the United States Military Academy at West Point, as directed by Public Law 94-106, which was legislation signed by President Gerald Ford a year earlier.

On May 28, 1980, 62 of those same female cadets graduated and were commissioned as second lieutenants in the US Army.

Progress for women at US service academies has been slow coming over the last 40 years. Be that as it may, things have still progressed steadily nevertheless.

Of the roughly 1,100 cadets that comprised the 2020 graduating class at West Point, 230 (21%) were women. In 2019, a then-record number of 34 black female cadets graduated, and in 2020, that number rose to 38.

The United States Air Force Academy graduated 967 cadets in 2020, of which 281 (29%) were women.

The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis has been the most progressive of the service academies so far. In 2020, of its 258 graduating cadets, 102 (40%) were women.

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