Master Sgt. Andrea Motley Crabtree made history in 1982 as the U.S. Army’s first female deep-sea diver and the first Black female deep-sea diver across all U.S. military branches. Despite facing racism and sexism, she pursued her passion for diving and served in the Army until her retirement in 1998. Her inspiring story is now being celebrated with a portrait displayed at the U.S. Army Women’s Museum and included in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Groundbreaking Achievement: Andrea Motley Crabtree became the first female deep-sea diver in the U.S. Army and the first Black female deep-sea diver in all military branches in 1982.
- Overcoming Adversity: Crabtree faced challenges of racism and sexism throughout her career, being a minority in predominantly white and male-dominated environments.
- Pursuit of Passion: Despite encountering discouragement and prejudice, Crabtree persevered in Army diving because of her love for the job.
- Recognition and Exhibition: A portrait of Crabtree, based on a 1982 photo, was featured in the U.S. Army Women’s Museum and displayed in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Inspiring Legacy: Crabtree’s groundbreaking achievement paved the way for other women in the military and demonstrated that gender should not limit one’s abilities or aspirations.