Since colonial times, women in the United States have fought and supported the military through many wars and conflicts both on home soil and abroad. Whether disguising themselves as men to fight with the Army, living dangerously as spies, or supporting the war efforts on the homefront, women have been contributing to the fight for freedom long before they could openly hold the title of “Veteran.”
During the Revolutionary War, Deborah Sampson dressed up as a man and served in the Continental Army, successfully hiding her identity for years. When wounded in battle, she dug out a bullet from her thigh to avoid treatment and maintain her secrecy. In 1866, Cathay Williams became the first African-American woman to enlist and the only documented female to serve (albeit dressed as a man) during the Indian Wars. She is the only known woman to serve as a Buffalo Soldier, joining the emerging all-black regiment after her time in the U.S. Army came to an end when her true identity was discovered. These women are just two examples out of hundreds of women who bravely fought and risked everything for the country they loved in its early years, well before they could legally do so.
Long before they were given permission, women stood up to do their part and more. When millions of young men went to fight in World Wars, just as many women were left to shoulder the burdens at home and give critical support to the war effort taking over jobs in the war industry building ships, aircraft, vehicles and munitions. Women served in various military and civilian positions, proving their grit and determination in a new way.
Since the doors of opportunity began to open, countless women have stood up to bear arms with their brothers and sisters in combat and in peacetime. We remember the sacrifices of the many who came before and made a way for women of today to serve freely and without restriction. Join us in celebrating women veterans and military spouses by supporting these fantastic organizations and checking out our custom apparel designed to celebrate these heroes.
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"I have never considered myself anything but a Soldier. I recognize that with this selection, some will view me as a trailblazer, but it's important that we remember the generations of women, whose dedication, commitment and quality of service helped open the doors of opportunity for us today."
Lieutenant General Ann Dunwoody, the first female 4-Star General