Women’s Bureau celebrates female firsts in the U.S. Army
Across the military and beyond, the Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau recognizes the vital roles women play in shaping our history and our future. For more highlights from the Army’s historical resources, click here. All images courtesy of the U.S. Army.
1866 - Cathay Williams becomes the first black female to enlist in the Amy under the pseudonym William Cathay.
WWI - Loretta P. Walsh becomes the first woman enrolled in the Naval Reserve Force.
1943 - The 149th Post Headquarters Company becomes the first Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) unit to serve overseas.
1945 - Japanese women recruits to work in the Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling, Minn.
1968 - Sgt. Mai Yzetta L. Nelson becomes the first Women’s Army Corps (WAC) promoted to Command Sergeant Major in the enlisted ranks.
1979 - Marcela Hayes becomes first black female pilot in the U.S. Armed Forces.
1980 - First women cadets graduate from West Point.
1989 - Linda Bray becomes the first woman to command U.S. troops in combat during Operation Just Cause, Panama.
2009 - General Ann E. Dunwoody becomes the first female four star general in military history.