Women's Equality Day

Friday August 26, 2011

What is it?

Forty years ago, the U.S. Congress designated the Aug. 26 "Women's Equality Day" to commemorate giving women the right to vote. As we acknowledge women's struggles and celebrate their contributions to secure the right to vote, we also take time to pay tribute to women for their contributions to the U.S. Army.

Historically, women have gone from assisting their husbands in battle or dressing as men in battle to being members of the Army Nurse Corps (1901), Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (1942) and Women's Army Corps (1943). Civilian women such as Dr. Mary Walker (the only woman to earn a Medal of Honor) assisted the Army in any capacity they could.

Why is it important to the Army?

Women play a vital role in the Army of today, holding positions in over 93.2 percent of military occupations. They are Soldiers who contribute to our Army's rich history. They are valuable civilian employees, administrators, analysts, managers, scientists, and technicians. They are doctors, pilots, mechanics, military police officers, and engineers. We honor women for their military and civil service, for their strength, honor and pride. We also honor women for their sacrifice while fighting for our freedom and their right to be an equal part of our Nation and Army.

What is the Army doing?

We know there is strength in diversity. In celebrating Women's Equality Day, we not only emphasize women's significant contributions, but also the value the Army places on diversity. We are "Army Strong" because we embrace the strengths of diverse people in an inclusive environment. As a tribute to all women, units, agencies and Army activities will be executing appropriate commemorative activities throughout the Army to celebrate Women's Equality Day.


Army Heritage and History website

Army G-1 Women in the Army website

Army Women's Museum website

U.S. Army Center for Military History/Women in Army History website

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