Women Veterans Day, June 12th

As of 2021, there are nearly 2 million living women Veterans in the US and its territories; 20% of recruits are women, 16% serve on active duty, and 19% on the National Guard and reserve forces.

A few decades ago, all women but nurses could serve in the US military only during wartime. On June 12, 1948, President Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act. A law that permitted women to serve as regular and permanent members of the US armed forces.

Women’s veterans day is being acknowledged annually on June 12, celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act. It honors the women who have served and who currently serve in the United States Armed Forces, recognizing their contributions to the nation and their achievements both personally and nationally. The day is also an opportunity to acknowledge the challenges women faced throughout the years and recognize that there are still changes that need to occur towards full equality in the army.

The New York State Assembly was the first state that declared this day in 2008, and since then, it has been observed in more than ten states, including Hawaii, Kentucky, Michigan, and Texas. There are legislative efforts of veterans organizations and public representatives to officialize it on a national level.
On the day, ceremonies, gatherings, and commemorative events occur at women veteran memorials, cemeteries, and other public places.


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