A monument dedicated to the women of the United States who served in the Vietnam War.
The Vietnam Women’s Memorial is part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It was designed by the sculptor Glenna Goodacre and dedicated on November 11, 1993. This monument was the first memorial to honor women’s patriotic service and the first concrete symbol to commemorate American women.
During the Vietnam war, approximately 265,000 women volunteered to serve in the army, most of them in their 20s. About 11,000 American military women were stationed in Vietnam, many of them got wounded or killed in the crossfire. 90% of the women were nurses, others served in various positions, such as physicians, physical therapists and personnel in the medical field, air traffic control, military intelligence, and administration.
In addition, there is an unknown number of civilian women who stationed in Vietnam as news correspondents, in the Special Services and as workers for the Red Cross, the American Friends Service Committee, and other humanitarian organizations.
The monument serves as a reminder of the importance of women in the conflict and their contributions to their country, as soldiers as well as civilians.
The Vietnam Women’s Memorial was founded due to the efforts of The Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project – a non-profit organization established by Diane Carlson Evans, a former Army nurse who served in Vietnam. Carlson Evans was the first woman to campaign for a national monument in Washington, DC commemorating women’s heroism during wartime.