Women in the Military: Willing, Able, Essential

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Film Summary

Since America’s founding, women have been driven by patriotic zeal to serve their country while concurrently pursuing greater economic and social opportunities. From uncommon soldiers who disguised themselves to fight, and nurses that faced horrific wounds, to those who proudly wear the uniform in battle zones today, women have contributed to our military might in ways unknown to most Americans. This is their story. It is a tale of pride and love of country; a quest for status and recognition; a journey of dedication to the freedoms we all relish. This film covers the early years of women’s service to our country – from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and the Spanish American War. It tells heroic stories of the dedicated nurses who served in World War I and World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. From the 1970’s through current times, women’s roles in the military have changed drastically. Women now serve in almost all military positions and are awarded top medals for heroism. This film gives an in-depth look at how women have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.


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