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Women's History Month 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | Category: History/Heritage - National

The Department of Defense "Women's History Month" site offers information about women serving in the U.S. military.

Most Female Vets Feel Service Isn't Valued, Survey Finds

Monday, November 14, 2016 | Category: History/Heritage - National

A recent survey of 1000 enlisted and officer women veterans and servicewomen from 49 states was conducted by the Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) advocacy group. Article author Hope Hodge Seck noted: "Nearly three-quarters of respondents, 74 percent, said they believe their service isn't publicly recognized. They said they most wanted the public to know more about their leadership and contributions, their stories and experience, and the challenges they face. About two-thirds, or 68 percent, of respondents said the military was responsible for building this awareness, while more than half, or 57 percent, said they wanted veteran service organizations to tell their story. Among other dramatic findings was that 71 percent of those surveyed didn't belong to a veteran service organization, a possible symptom of a perceived disconnect between the male-focused community they offer and the needs of female veterans. One-third of survey respondents said that they actually didn't feel welcome in existing veteran service organizations, and more than half, 51 percent, said they hadn't been informed about membership opportunities for these organizations. But nearly all of those surveyed, or 97 percent, said they would welcome the opportunity to participate in an organization focused specifically on the issues facing female troops and women veterans. The survey also highlighted a broad perception among women who have served that the media and pop culture often got their story wrong." Judy Patterson, SWAN's CEO, said: "SWAN will be sharing the full data from this survey with a number of other veterans groups, and will be tailoring our efforts moving forward to ensure that the voices of all of these women are heard and heeded."

The Facts That Matter Most This Veterans Day

Friday, November 11, 2016 | Category: History/Heritage - National

Today, Veterans Day will be remembered around the nation in a variety of venues...parades, speeches, retreats, business discounts, words of acknowledgement, and many other events. As gratitude and respect is offered, this Forbes article asks citizens to "ensure that we have a better understanding of the difficult mental and physical health issues that millions of our veterans face each day." Statistics are enumerated, giving a "better context about the battles these heroes fight when they get home."

Elaine Harmon, Female WWII Pilot, Finally Laid to Rest at Arlington Cemetery

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 | Category: History/Heritage - National

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, World War II Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) Elaine Harmon, 95 years old when she died, was inurned at Arlington National Cemetery only because her family fought the former Army Secretary John McHugh's decision that WASPs should have never been granted eligibility to be buried at the cemetery. His ruling came about when Army officials became worried about increasingly limited cemetery space. To overcome the Army's decision and while Harmon's ashes remained in a bedroom closet, a congressional act was passed and in May 2016, President Obama signed into law legislation permitting WASPs to be inurned at the Arlington Cemetery. Leading up to this legislation, Harmon's family initiated a petition on Change.org which received more than 175,000 signatures. WASPs flew military aircraft during World War II to free up men for combat missions. WASPs were not granted military status when they flew dangerous missions, but in 1977 they received retroactive veteran status.

19 Ways Army Women Helped Make the 19th Amendment Possible

Friday, August 26, 2016 | Category: History/Heritage - National

Elizabeth M. Collins, Defense Media Activity, commemorates "Women's Equality Day" and the passing of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920. This article highlights 19 examples of women's service from the birth of the United States until the 19th Amendment passed. It is believed that it finally passed Congressional muster due to women's service during World War I and every other major war. Although women may have not always served in an officially recognized capacity or in uniform, they served faithfully in the United States Army since 1775.

The 19th amendment states that the right of citizens to vote "shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."

Memorial Day Is Not the Same as Veterans Day (or Labor Day) — Here’s What They All Mean

Friday, May 27, 2016 | Category: History/Heritage - National

Fox Q13 news staff offer a primer on who is paid tribute on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Labor Day as well as each day's legislative history.

PBS Salutes America’s Military Men and Women with Special Memorial Day Programming

Friday, May 27, 2016 | Category: History/Heritage - National

The 27th annual PBS broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, which pays tribute to America’s military, will air live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Sunday, May 29, 2015, 8:00-9:30 p.m. ET, with an immediate re-broadcast at 9:30 p.m. PBS is also hosting special broadcasts on May 30th to include "TED TALKS "War and Peace" and "Of Men and War." Then, on June 1st, kicking off their 10-part digital series, "Veterans Coming Home." Using storytelling, media and dialogue, the series will premiere on PBS.org intending to help veterans and communities understand the opportunities and challenges faced during a veteran’s transition to civilian life and to help bridge the military-civilian divide.

Former Conowingo Resident Claire Starnes Compiles Stories of Women who Served in Vietnam

Sunday, April 10, 2016 | Category: History/Heritage - Maryland

Clair Starnes, now living in New Hampshire, published a book in November 2015, "Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories." It shares first-person stories from women, not in the nursing profession, who were stationed in the Republic of Vietnam between 1962-1973. More than 860 women are spotlighted in this first volume. Ms. Starnes hopes to publish a second volume with the stories of the other 200-400 who served in Vietnam during this time period.

'This Man's Army': A Woman's Perspective'

Saturday, April 9, 2016 | Category: History/Heritage - Arizona

During the March Women's History Month events, a woman veteran who served during the 1970's was often asked "What was it like being a woman in 'This man's Army'?" She shared that most women would likely say it was "challenging, exhilarating, frustrating, rewarding and demanding."

After 40 Years of Service, Army General Reflects on Women in Military

Monday, March 28, 2016 | Category: History/Heritage - National

Army Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols reflects on her four decades of service, recalling the service, sacrifices, and contributions women made for the nation..."a testament to their professionalism, not to their gender."

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