The military is the place of combat and strength. It consists of men and now, even women, that fight to protect our loving country. As we go through our history, we can find that there are a few women that have braved the front lines as doctors, nurses, and even soldiers themselves, and now, the Pentagon has opened the window of about 220,000 military jobs to women. Theses previous women not only aided the soldiers, they were under the danger of being killed by stray bullets. If other women have followed their dreams, why can’t we?
Many have argued should women be allowed to serve in direct combat for decades. Activists have argued that women should be allowed to serve in combative roles, but many governmental and political officials as well as American citizens feel differently. Arguments of women who have been serving in the military since the Revolutionary War, many disguised as men has exposed them to combat, death and even becoming POW’s. Many women have been serving beside their fellow comrades for years and are capable of doing so without causing disruption of the unit cohesion or combat readiness. The controversial issues will be discussed, but before that let’s provide some historical insight on how women’s roles in the military have evolved.
Women had the role to influence and to encourage men to enlist. This was manly through propaganda, posters were designed and distributed around towns, which showed women with their arms around soldiers, feeling proud to be around family and friends who were enlisted. Some had romantic settings as the women looked out at an open window into nature as the soldiers marched passed off to war. Around the issue of conscription, women were involved in campaigning on both sides of the debate rather than just trying to get men to enlist. The techniques of propaganda and women became very popular throughout World War One although they did not seem too
Women had put in so much hard work and effort to get men’s jobs done while they were gone. Women being able to finally get a taste of what independence was like did not want to convert back to pre war conditions. They didn’t want to go back to having to depend on somebody to always make a living for them. The breakthrough for women in society began in 1918 when women over 30 were allowed to vote in Britain. In 1919 Dutch women were granted the right to vote and finally August 26,1920 American women were granted the right to vote.
During her constant efforts to be known, along with appreciated, she and her husband had become separated. This provided girls all across their shared community with the mindset that being an independent individual was not always unacceptable, instead it could be a beneficial lifestyle. Even without a significant other, one could still possess great knowledge and intelligence. This theory, so to speak, was acknowledged once Mary had received the Medal of Honor. Suddenly the expectation among females had been altered.
At that time, they took on roles such as nurses, seamstresses, and cooks. Some women worked as spies while others disguised themselves as men in order to serve in the fight. Over the years, women contributed as well as adapted to the many changes that took place in America and remained willing to take on new roles that helped make this country what it is today. Women began to serve officially in the military when the Army established a permanent Nurse Corps in 1901 (Women In Combat: Framing the Issues). While the Nursing Corps was recognized as an official unit, it was not regarded with the same status because women were given no military rank and did not receive the same benefits as men.
In Wendy Martin’s article “Women and the American Revolution”, the author is trying to bring to light that the men of the revolution weren’t the only ones who suffered during the war and in the wilderness living on the frontier. In this review I will be discussing the evidence the author provides to support this. I will also be discussing what in my opinion what are the strengths and weaknesses of the article. The author states “most women stayed at home struggling with… the difficulties of running households and small farms alone, as well as the more serious problems of epidemics of dysentery and influenza.” In my opinion these women suffered just as much as the men fighting the war; they had to adapt to the role of being the breadwinner
The women of the early 20th century showed that they have the ability to be productive in the work place and fight for the greater good of the United States of America. In modern times women have started joining combat roles in the military and increasing in demographical size in the military. This has shown that women are striving to be more equal to men in all aspects of modern life. By showing they can fight in wars and hold their own against our nations enemies they can and will be seen as equals. The public celebration of women’s history in the United States began in 1978.
Civil War: The Women 's Role Many people were grateful for the contributions of women in the war. Many of the women did serve as nurses to take care of the injured. Women of the North and South volunteered to work as nurses. As soon as the war began many women wanted to become nurses to help. In those days it was considered proper for women to take care of men even if they were strangers.
During the Civil War, women spies were very successful at their jobs for a great deal of reasons. They were perfect for the role of spy because women were easily trusted and viewed as non-threatening by soldiers who, would often let their guard down around them. Men didn’t expect women would get involved in such a dangerous job, so women spies often went undetected during the early part of the Civil War. Women often gathered information about the enemy’s plans, troop size, fortifications and supplies on scraps of paper or fabric and then sewed them into their blouses or rolled them into their hair. If they were to smuggle goods such as morphine, ammunition or weapons, they often attached them to the frame of their hoop skirts or hid them in baskets and inside dolls.