FORT MCNAIR, WASHINGTON — Two new web pages detailing the history of gender integration in the Army since September 11, 2001 and women’s service in the Army are now available.
Prepared by the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the Army Women’s Museum, and the Training and Doctrine Command Diversity Office, these web pages detail how women have served in the Army, examines the historic changes to women’s roles, and encourages discussions about the challenges of full integration throughout the Army.
“This is not a women’s story, this is an Army story” said Tracy Bradford, Director of the Army Women’s Museum at Fort Lee, Va.
The Gender Integration Initiative page closely examines the changing roles for women in the last 20 years through full integration. “The wars over the last two decades have greatly impacted the Army and how women serve. We want to reflect on those changes and encourage conversation.” Bradford said.
The web page also provides a valuable tool kit of resources designed to give leaders the ability to have professional and educational conversations with their formations about the Army’s successes and challenges in integrating women into all aspects of the organization.
“Trust transcends gender” said retired Army General Martin Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who provides an overview video for the initiative. He points out that the Army has come a long way in twenty years and this initiative is a “renewal of commitment…to look at what we have accomplished and to discuss what we still have left to accomplish.”
Providing a more long range historical review of women in the Army, the Women in Army History web page provides details and images of how women have served throughout Army history. From essential roles as Camp followers in the Revolutionary War and Civil War to creation of the Army Nurse Corps and Women’s Army Corps (WACs), to establishing a permanent presence and full integration.
This web page is rich with resources and highlights exhibits in the Army women’s Museum at Fort Lee, VA. These exhibits are also available to view online for those who cannot visit the museum.
An important resource for those interested in the history of women in the Army but also supports the national interest in Women’s History Month topics.
To access these web pages visit the Center of Military History website at U.S. Army Center of Military History
Gender Integration Initiative web page: Gender Integration Initiative | U.S. Army Center of Military History
Women in Army History web page: Women in Army History | U.S. Army Center of Military History