About the History of Women Serving in America's Defense


Historians at the Women’s Memorial Foundation use a wide variety of archival documents, individual memoirs, official reports and books by and about military women to research, study, interpret, write and publish the little-known history of women in the US Armed Forces.

Our already extensive library and historical files continue to grow as we actively collect books, periodicals, newspaper and magazine articles and other printed materials relating to women’s military service.

On these pages you will find brief descriptions of women’s contributions to the defense of the nation throughout history. Click on the link at the bottom of this page to read about the women who served in and with the military services over time. History Highlight offers thematic articles about individuals and events of particular historic significance. Past Highlights are accessible through the History Archive. We also offer a comprehensive bibliography organized by era and answers to frequently asked historical questions, accessible through the Resources page.

If you can't find the information you are looking for on these pages, please contact the Chief Historian, at 703-533-1155, 800-222-2294 or by e-mail at history@womensmemorial.org. Access to the library and archives is by appointment only. The Foundation is open weekdays from 9 AM to 5PM.

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