1918 August 13

First Woman Enlists in U.S. Marines

 

Opha Mae Johnson, reportedly the first woman to enlist in the U.S. Marines, enlisted on this day.

Women engaged in a long struggle to achieve full equality in military service. The most recent victory was a Pentagon policy on January 24, 2013, allowing women to serve in combat units.

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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