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Transcript of Catie Abbate
Catie Abbate, 8B
1901 and 1908 were the years that were opened to women to join the military
WW1 was key for this change for women.
When the United States got involved in WW1, it made some governments take women power more seriously.
13,000 women enlisted in their Navy and Marine Corps and took up the same ranks as men
19-year-old twin sisters Genevieve abd Lucile Baker were the first women in the United States to be admitted to some type of military rank or status
They transferred from the Naval Coastal Defensive Reserve to become the first uniformed women in the Coast Guard
Physical and Occupational Therapists, or nurses, were called Reconstruction Aides
They commonly worked on troop trains and transport ships
They were found around or in Belgium, Italy, and England
Female Army and Nurse Corps often received decorations for their services
When the government needed people in the military, they called on women and allowed them to join rank like men. When the war was over, the government and military wanted to go back to the normal, male regulated standards.
Basically, women were allowed to defend their country for the war, and then were blocked against it after the war was over.
Over 30,000 women had served on the Army and Navy Corps, the Marines, and the Coast Guard.
Women served their country before they could even vote
Twenty years later, women were only remotely considered as an integral part of the United States military establishments
Because of the women's services in the military and defense works strongly pushed the passing of the 19th Amendment
The 19th Amendment (1920) to the Constitution of the United States provides men and women with equal voting rights.
The amendment states that the right of citizens vote "shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State account of sex."
Woodrow Wilson thought the bravery of women was amazing, and urged the Senate to follow the House of Representatives in passing the Amendment and to fully recognize all of the women in the military's efforts to serve amd protect our country