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‘Beyond the Call’: How female soldiers are strengthening the military | USA Today
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‘Beyond the Call’: How female soldiers are strengthening the military | USA Today

American women have been fighting and dying for their country since the Revolutionary War. But, in a classic Catch-22, women – because they weren’t officially supposed to be on the front lines – did not reap the same career opportunities as their male counterparts for being in harm’s way.

Finally, in 2015, all combat roles were open to women; by then nearly 150 had died and more than 850 had been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The progress of women in the military has been slow but relentless: In 1901, female nurses became part of the U.S. Army; more than 100,000 women served in World War II; in 1980, the first female West Pointers graduated; in 1989, a woman led a combat unit in action for the first time; in 1993, women were cleared to fly helicopters during combat missions; in 2015 two women graduated from the arduous Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Source: ‘Beyond the Call’: How female soldiers are strengthening the military | USA Today