History of women in combat

Published On: Jan 24 2013 11:06:08 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 24 2013 03:19:59 PM CST

With Defense Secretary Ash Carter announcing Thursday that all U.S. military combat positions will now be open to women, take a look at the role women have played in major combats throughout history.

Women in Combat - Civil War
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During the Civil War, women in both the North and South threw themselves into fundraising and supplying troops with everything they needed. Others took a move active role, caring for sick and injured soldiers on the front lines or through the United States Sanitary Commission, formed to improve conditions in army camps and hospitals.

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