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Female yeomen at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Mare Island, California, 1918. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)


U.S. Navy celebrates Women’s History Month by sharing iconic images of female sailors

March 22, 2017

In honor of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Navy’s official blog, Navy Live, has released a series of historic photos of female U.S. Navy Sailors taken from throughout the 20th century. Featuring images taken as early as 1918, the series was also meant to commemorate the impact made by leaders such as Loretta Perfectus Walsh, who became the Navy’s first female chief petty officer on March 21, 1917.

Female yeomen at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Mare Island, California, 1918. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
Seaman 2nd Class Elaine Olsen (left) and Seaman 2nd Class Ted Snow learn to take down a radial aircraft engine block at Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, New Jersey, during World War II. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
Specialist (T) 3rd Class Dorothy Knee and Specialist (T) Genevieve Close direct aircraft arrivals and departures from the control tower at Naval Air Station, Anacostia, District of Columbia, in early or mid-1943. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
WAVES visit USS Missouri (BB 63) in an east coast port, during the ship’s shakedown period, circa August 1944. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
A female Sailor mans her duty station as USS Sanctuary (AH 17)’s lookout on the ship in Hunter’s Point, California, March 1973. The Sailor was one of the fifty women in the Navy assigned to duty on the Navy hospital ship. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

Today, women represent 18 percent of all naval officers and 19 percent of the entire naval force — as well as eight percent of all senior and master chiefs.

Read the full story at Navy Live.


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