Get to Know the Unsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2015, marks the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks on Oahu.

Though the military has since leveled its playing field so that both men and women soldiers now command the same regard, this wasn't always the case.

Decades ago, women were more commonly viewed as bystanders in war stories — never properly given the heroine title that so many deserved.

To commemorate the brave participants of the historic event that propelled the U.S. into World War II, we're highlighting three woman whose stories are lesser known, but yet still mirror the bravery and courage often depicted of war heroes.

Check out our heroines in the gallery above. 

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Women firefighters, Elizabeth Moku, Alice Cho, Katherine Lowe, and Hilda Van Gieso, are seen in this iconic photograph during a training exercise at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, during World War II, in 1941. The women applied for new jobs available to civilians after at the Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard after the Pearl Harbor invasion. According to NBC News, the women were a part of the war effort, and doing jobs otherwise available only to men. Photo Credit: Three Lions via Getty Images

As the first woman elected to Congress, Jeanette Rankin casted the only Congressional vote against the U.S. war on Japan. A committed pacifist, Rankin was outspoken about her disapproval of America's involvement in both World Wars, even when such negative attitudes were particularly damaging to the reputation of a woman of such high-regarded stature.  Vilified for her staunch support against Roosevelt's post-Pearl Harbor war attacks, she was called "Japanette Rankin" by the press and accusers alike. She remained resilient in the face of such adversity, boldly professing, "As a woman, I can't go to war and I refuse to send anyone else." Photo Credit: Getty Images

As a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Elizabeth McIntosh was on the island where the Pearl Harbor attacks took place. Her reporting on the events exposed the world to the experiences of the Hawaiians and civilians on the island at the time. Her work would inevitably launch her successful journalism career. "I have a story to tell, as a reporter, that I think the women of Hawaii should hear. I tell it because I think it may help other women in the struggle, so they will not take the past events lightly," she told The Seattle Times.  McIntosh, now 97, later joined the CIA as a strategist (and earned the nickname "Spy Girl"), before eventually retiring and becoming a notable author. Photo Credit: Youtube