(l) from Detroit was the first African American woman to enlist
in the Marines and Ann Lamb (r) from New York City, the second.
They reported to Parris Island, South Carolina,on the same day
From the American Revolution to the present,
women serving in or with the US armed forces have broken records
for achievement and overcome barriers of gender.
Some of these women are well-known. Rear Admiral
Grace Hopper's contributions to computer and information technology,
for example, are engraved in the historic record.
Other women's accomplishments are less publicized
such as the first women fighter pilots, the first women to enter
the military academies, the first African American women to break
racial barriers in the military or women who were casualties of
wareven though they were not officially allowed to serve in
Learn more about these pathbreakers. Link to
their stories through the images below and come back often as we
continue to add to the gallery.