Women have formally been a part of the U.S. Armed Forces since the inception of the Army Nurse Corps in 1901, but have informally served since the inception of our nation’s military. The end of conscription and the transition to the All-Volunteer Force in 1973 marked a dramatic increase in the opportunities available for women to serve in the military. Currently, there are over 213,000 women in the Active component of the U.S. Armed Forces and about 190,000 women in the Reserves and National Guard.1 While the proportion of women Veterans is still relatively small, their numbers have been increasing over the past several decades and are projected to continue increasing into the future. Women currently make up 8 percent of the Veteran population, with an expected increase to 15 percent by the year 2035.
Warriors for Freedom Foundation began is Warrior Women program to empower female veterans and provide activities geared more toward their needs and interests. Check out our Events Calendar to see all our upcoming events.