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One Stowaway and the History of Women in War

As June 6 is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, MAKERS takes this opportunity to honor the daring women who fought to serve their country and pursue careers in war and the armed forces.

Women like Martha Gellhorn, who stowed away on a war vessel to get the firsthand story of the Normandy invasion. Each publication was only allowed to send one reporter on a vessel to cover the story and none accepted women. Martha locked herself in the bathroom of a hospital ship and upon landing, disguised herself as a stretcher bearer to get ashore. As women were not allowed in combat, Martha was the first woman on the frontlines and the only woman - and one of the only people - with a firsthand account of the D-Day invasion.  

We are in awe of our MAKERS like Pat Foote, who was the first female Deputy Inspector General of the Army, Colonel Jill Chambers who dedicated her career to helping PTSD victims after 9/11, and Angela Salinas, who was the highest ranking female in the US Marine Corp.  And though the history books don't always say it, women have always been a crucial part of all war efforts, whether at home, on the field, or in leadership.

Women have had to fight their way onto the Corps, the upper ranks, and the frontlines.  And  for that exceptional dedication, bravery and strength, we look back on the history of their service and thank them for paving the way.