From the early days of Molly Pitcher and the Battle of Fort Washington to the hundreds of women who dressed as men and fought in combat in the Civil War, women have actively served the Armed Forces. But it wasn't until World War II that women were given full military status. And even then, were only permitted to fill roles such as cooks and nurses. It wasn't until restrictions were lifted in the 1990s that women were permitted to fight in combat.
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