Women have a larger presence in our military than ever before.

The defense of our nation is a shared responsibility.

The fight of the century: Battle of the Sexes

For thousands of years in a substantial number of cultures and nations, women have served in various roles in the military, from ancient warrior women to those currently serving in current armed conflicts. While the majority of combatants in most cultures have been men, a number of women in history have fought alongside them. In the American Civil War, there were women who sometimes even fought cross-dressed as men. Fighting on the battlefront was not the only way women involved themselves in war.
Some also served as nurses and aides. Despite various roles in the armies of past societies, the role of women in the military, particularly in combat, is controversial and it is only recently that women have begun to be given a more prominent role in contemporary armed forces. As increasing numbers of countries begin to expand the role of women in their militaries, the debate continues. More recently, from the beginning of the 1970s, most Western armies have begun to admit women to serve active duty in all of military branches.
Below you will find three tables. The first one shows the data for each branch of the military, and the number of people under each rank in that branch. The second one, shows the comparison of male to female rankings for overall in the military. And the third graph, is another version of grap 2, just to show you how the data can be displayed.

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About The Author:

Holly Wallner is a senior at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. Majoring in Public Relations with a concentration in Digital Media Innovation, DMI, she wants to pursue a career in web design, while pursuing her masters in coding/web development.