Women in Combat
January 27, 2013 § Leave a comment
It is true that time marches on. But it advances at a breakneck pace in our modern time. In just one century our attitudes in the United States about women in the military have changed dramatically as exemplified by last week’s decision to allow women in combat.
In the World War One Poster women are often shown draped in the American flag or in roman garb, with their arms outstretched. Early in the war, they are making a call to arms, later in the war their images are intended to represent peace or victory.
Women were a part of the war effort in WWI, on the home front they participated in fundraising drives and relief efforts. On the battlefront they worked as telegraph operators, ambulance drivers and nurses. The idea of women in combat was unheard of. Ninety-nine years after the declaration of World War One, we have broken down a barrier once considered impermeable.