2010 April 29

Women Allowed to Serve on Navy Submarines


Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, appointed by President Barack Obama, changed U.S. Navy policy on this day by authorizing women to serve on Navy submarines. Marquette Leveque was the first woman commissioned to serve on a Navy submarine in December 2012.

The Defense Department dropped another barrier, on January 24, 2013, by allowing women to serve in combat.

Learn more at US Navy, “Women at the Helm”: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=72279

Watch the first woman commissioned to serve on a submarine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrZmVZ6kVaQ

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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