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Military Science 12 Prof. Zenon The Role of Women in 20 th Century War Throughout the history of warfare women have played an insurmountable role in the progression of the United States and have helped to shape the mold that is our society of today. The various roles women had in American warfare redefined what was considered “good and proper for women” and made everyone notice a woman can do anything a man can do. From dressing themselves in men’s clothing to battling head to head with the opposition, women have always played a significant role in American warfare dating back from the American Revolutionary War to the Iraqi War of today. Women who left their families as well as their hopes and dreams behind so that future generations may partake in those same dreams, women who put their lives on the line for the sake of their country. Women in the military of the twentieth century helped to bring about tremendous change and completely redefine the definition of “traditional” woman roles as well as generate greater equality of the sexes. Although women had a remarkable contribution to every last American war, the ones in which their contribution was the greatest were World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. The twentieth century was a time of change in America as well as around the rest of the world. Although women had made many contributions in other American wars, their place in society was still civilly unequal. Women first began to have a role in military pursuits with the establishment of The Army Navy Nurse Corps in the first decade of the twentieth century. However, the contributions of women became much more noticeable with the oncoming of the First World War. The First World War helped
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the government to catapult the use of women in warfare. The twentieth century entailed many firsts and the military was no exception. Genevieve and Lucille Baker were a set of twins who were the first females to enlist in the Coast Guard. By using civilian skills women had already acquired over the course of their lives, the Baker twins were able to use their bookkeeping skills as their main role in the Coast Guard (Neeley). One of the most important female figures in the First World War was Dorothy Lawrence. Dorothy Lawrence was a woman who grew up in Paris and had the dream of becoming a reporter on the front lines of the war. In order to get a closer insight into the war, Lawrence decided she would disguise herself by changing her appearance and imitating a male soldier, so one day she went to an English café and befriended two English soldiers, whom she persuaded to give her a uniform (Dorothy Lawrence). With the combination of learning military marching steps from her friends and a military haircut, Lawrence was able to enlist in the military under the assumed name of Private Denis Smith of the 1 st Leicestershire Regiment and was able to participate in combat. A Lancashire coalmen found her work laying mines, but ten days after first arriving, she
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