1948 July 7

First Six Enlisted Women Sworn into the U.S. Navy


On this day, the first six enlisted women were sworn into the U.S. Navy. The first women were admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis on July 6, 1976.

Landmarks in the history of women in the military include the change in policy on April 29, 2010, which allowed women to serve in submarines, and the Pentagon decision on January 24, 2013, which allowed women in all of the armed services to serve in combat missions.

Learn more: Evelyn Monahan and Rosemary Neidel Greenlee, A Few Good Women: America’s Military Women from World War I to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (2010)

And more about women in the military: http://www.military.com/topics/women-in-the-military

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