28 Feb '17, 10pm

Navy Celebrates 2017 Women's History Month

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy joins the nation in celebrating Women's History Month throughout the month of March. ALNAV 006/17 encourages participation in all the heritage celebrations and special observances throughout the year. This year, Navy commands are encouraged to celebrate and reflect on the theme "Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business." Women have served in the Navy as nurses dating back to the 1800s, most notably during the Civil War when the Sisters of the Holy Cross served aboard USS Red Rover, the Navy's first hospital ship. In 1948, women gained permanent status in the Navy with the passage of the Women's Armed Services Integration Act. "One hundred years ago this month, in March of 1917, YNC Loretta Perfectus Walsh became the first female chief petty officer in the United States Navy, setting the course for trailblazing women serving as leaders ...

Full article: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=99096

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