FORT KNOX, Ky. -- This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which allowed women to become permanent, full-time members of the U.S. Army.
Women Veterans Day is celebrated each year on June 12, marking when the act went into effect in 1948. U.S. Army Human Resources Command is honoring women trailblazers who broke through boundaries and made an impact at HRC over the years for the 2023 anniversary.
According to retired Maj. Gen. Gina Farrisee, the first female commanding general of HRC, the Army provides a way for every person to achieve their full potential.
“The Army is an amazing opportunity," said Farrisee. "For those looking for a challenge and wanting to make a difference, it is certainly the place to do that. There is no doubt in my mind that the military makes you a better person.”
Today, women make up 18.7% of the Total Army and 35% of the Army's civilian workforce.