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Celebrating Veteran’s Day

In honor of Veteran’s Day, November 11, here is a list of inspiring women that were in the military.

Inspiring Women

Private Cathay Williams was an American woman in the United States Army. She was forced to serve in the Civil War because she was a captured slave, but after the war, she joined the Army. But, women were not allowed to be in the U.S. military at that time, so like Mulan, she changed her name and acted as if she were a man. She went under the name of William Cathay to be allowed into the military.

Kristen Greist and Shaye Haver were the first women to become Rangers in the U.S. Army in 2015. They completed Ranger school and gained their Ranger tabs. They were both graduates of West Point Military Academy. They became the first two females in Ranger history, since the beginning of the Ranger school in 1950, after about 77,000+ tabbed Ranger men.

Nakano Takeko was the first known female Samurai soldier. Before becoming a soldier, she was educated in martial and literary arts. She, along with other women, wanted to be counted as a part of the Aizu army, but they were not. Because of this she created her own section of the army called Jōshitai, which translates to “Women’s Army”. Unfortunately, she was shot during the war and had her sister kill her before she actually died so that she would not be taken as a “trophy” for the Imperial Japanese Army of Ogaki domain. She is buried in Fukushima. Although she has passed, she is still remembered. There is a monument of her near where she is buried, where women and girls come to honor her and the Women’s Army, especially during the Aizu Autumn festival.

Celebrating Women On Veteran’s Day

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