The Role of Women in the Military

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The Role of Women in the Military

Women have always played significant parts in the United States military throughout the years; even though in the early years they where not allowed to enlist, they still performed certain duties that was vital to the military. However the roles that women have played have often been limited to certain duties. Women in the past where limited in what they where allowed to do, but more and more opportunities are opening for them as times change and women continue to fight for equal rights.

Women over the years have had to overcome a lot of the cultural views on the roles women are expected to play, in order for them to be an accepted part of the military. Women have often been stereotyped as being weaker than their male peers and in earlier years the duties women where expected to play, where that of a homemaker. Serving in the military was not culturally acceptable, even though women still played very important roles that where vital to the military. During the Revolutionary War women often had to take on the duties of there husbands. They often had to run there husbands businesses and do many other duties that where considered a mans work. The increasing responsibilities women had to perform helped pave the way for acceptance in the military. Women proved they where able to perform the duties of there male peers and this helped open the doors to serving in the military.

Women began to be an accepted part of the military after the Army Nurse Corps was established in 1901, but they often played important roles all the way back to the American Revolution. One very memorable woman that played a role in the American Revolutionary War was Deborah Sampson. She entered the Continental Army dres...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that women have played significant roles in the united states military throughout the years, even though they weren't allowed to enlist. however, the roles they've played have often been limited to certain duties.
  • Explains that women were stereotyped as weaker than their male peers in order to be accepted in the military. during the revolutionary war women had to take on the duties of their husbands.
  • Explains that women were accepted into the military after the army nurse corps was established in 1901, but they played important roles all the way back to the american revolutionary war.
  • Explains that women served as cooks, laundresses and nursed the wounded back to health before the establishment of the army nurse corps.
  • Explains that deborah sampson and others served as spies. they were often employed as cooks and maids, which provided them with ample opportunities to spy.
  • Explains that the increase of women in the military has resulted in an increase in roles women are allowed to perform today because more and more women fight for equality to their male peers.
  • Explains that during world war ii, there was a large amount of women who served in the military, except for direct combat. the roles women have been allowed to perform have changed gradually since they enlisted.
  • Explains that the cultural views on the roles of women have changed, affecting the duties women can perform in the military. men used to be the sole provider of the family and were stereotyped as tough and brave.
  • Explains that women can now serve in some combat duties, including combat aircraft and surface ships, but are still excluded from direct ground combat.
  • Concludes that women have always been a significant part of the military, whether they were accepted or not. without the help of women in the earlier wars, things would not have turned out the way they did.
  • Cites armor, david j., and cogliano, francis d. revolutionary america, 1763-1815: a political history.
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