Links: What Women in the Military Have Done

Navy woman standing next to helicopter
Lt. Janis Harrington, a helicopter instructor pilot with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two (HSC-2), has been selected as the Navy’s Woman of the Year honoree for the USO of Metropolitan New York. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott/Released). In case you’re wondering why I headed over to the Navy, the Army offers very few photos of women.

With all the news about sexual harassment and assaults in the military, I thought I would do a post about some of the things women have done in the military.  Honestly, we need something more than just the negative stuff.

Did you know women were in the Civil War?  They had to pretend they were men, of course.  One of the things that really surprised me was the reason a lot of them did it: Money!

Women’s Auxiliary Corps, 1942.   Some great photos here.  Check out the gas masks they had to wear.

Women can now be tank mechanics, a job previously closed.  We had five graduate from school last week.

Women on the business end of war.  This features a big group of diverse stories about women on the battlefield.  I was impressed because it included the enlisted.  Though the enlisted make up the bulk of all the services, people tend to only think about officers.

Also see these military posts: