Women in the Military: Times They are a Changing

Women in the Military: Times They are a Changing

Many people think that women serving their country, dying in service of their country, is a recent thing. And according to the “great Goddess google” it has been a recent thing that they can be in direct combat, and also conscripted as front line soldiers. (Yes it does exist. Yes it IS in the Western World. And yes, even in capitalist countries too!)


In all of our earth’s history, women have picked up weapons and protected their homes and villages against marauders and invading armies. They have stood between them and their children and the village elders. They have been raped, beaten, held hostage and killed for their daring.

And when their empire came calling, they also served as nurses, war camp aides, munition manufacturers, and even as pilots. And ended up dying for their country, their empire.

Some women cross-dressed as men to serve, and died along with their actual-male compatriots. As front line combatants.

As the war machine and the population grew, more people were needed. And the average “Joe Enlisted Soldier” (volunteering or conscripted) wasn’t enough. So in a day of feminism demanding to be included, recognized and respected, they started changing their views about women serving.


(I did try to find other countries’ honour walls (Ie UK and USA) but their legions and veterans’ associations don’t post them online for general viewing, but Canada does. so I’ve included ours)


Canada has served as allies to other countries, but since the USA tried to take us over by crossing our border (1812-1815) , we haven’t been invaded. And technically have not really been first in, last out ever since we became a country. . Though we have served for the UN, NATO, USA, and the Commonwealth/UK. So our numbers are reflective of that status.


United States 2015

1. council on foreign relations
2. history.org
3. journalists’ resource
4. WWI museum
5. npr.org
6. valorrun.org


Canada 1989

1. govt pages
2. Cdn Encyclopedia
3. forces fact sheet. Gov of Canada
4. veteran affairs
5. sisters in arms
6. veteran affairs – Cdn women who died in service – honour wall


UK 2018

1. army.mod. uk
2. NAM
3. Royal Legion
4. immigration.com


Norway and Israel 1985 –

compulsory, conscripted service for women as well as men.


1. UN Peacekeeping
2. chart
3. army technology.com
4. National Geographic



Persian Gulf War (Desert Shield & Storm )

Dates: August 1990 – April 1991
Where: Iraq and Kuwait
How It Ended: After a four-day ground war, an American-led coalition declared victory. A cease-fire agreement was signed on April 9, 1991.
American Casualties: 148 (approx.)
Service worldwide 2,322,000; Sent to Gulf 694,550; battle deaths 147; Other deaths 1,825 (theater & non theater)

War on Terrorism

Dates: Oct. 7, 2001 (War begins with U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom, in Afghanistan, after the terrorist attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Approximately 3,000 civilians and members of the military died as a result of the attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.) – Conflict continues…
Where: An effort to combat terrorism world-wide begins in Afghanistan.
American Casualties in Afghanistan:
(Updated February 27, 2013)
Afghanistan Casualties

Iraq War

Dates: March 19, 2003 – December 15, 2011.
Where: Iraq
American Casualties:
Operation Iraqi Freedom:
(Updated February 27, 2013)
Iraqi Casualties

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