Throughout American history, it's no secret that women have been denied the same rights as men - including serving for our country. "Trailblazers" are not just women that are part of today's Women's Movement. This title began with the brave women who paved the way for our freedom centuries back.
Where would we be without the courage of these fierce, historic ladies? This Memorial Day Weekend, we're revisiting 5 women who made history serving in the armed forces:
1. Clara Barton was one of the first to arrive in Washington to nurse the wounded back to health in the turmoil of the mid-1800's, and eventually went on to fund an organization you may know called the American Red Cross.
2. Deborah Sampson was deemed a life-long hero and icon of the American Revolution when she disguised herself as a man in order to enlist in the Patriot forces. The best part? She went two years without leaking her true identity. And yes, she was the only woman to receive a military pension for her time in service.
3. Hazel Johnson, who was born a slave in the 1850's became the only female documented soldier in the United States Army during the 19th century.
4. Mary E. Walker, a champion of caring for the wounded during the Civil War, still today remains the only woman to have received the Medal of Honor.
5. Harriet Tubman is most famous for conducting the underground railroad to help African American safely escape slavery. But she was a woman of many trades, including a spy, a cook, a nurse and an undercover soldier.
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