1948 June 12

Women’s Armed Services Integration Act is Enacted

 

The Women’s Armed Services Integration Act on this day enabled women to serve as permanent members of the U. S. Armed Forces. Previously, they had been able to serve only during war time. Restrictions on women’s opportunities in the armed services continued, however, including limits of promotions, service on submarines, and service in combat positions

. On January 24, 2013, women finally achieved full status in the military when the Pentagon dropped is barrier to women service personnel serving in combat positions.

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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