Throughout history, women have been an integral part of war, whether they were leading, fighting, spying, or inspiring. For example, Helen of Troy is considered a primary cause of the Trojan War, where for ten years King Menelaus of Sparta fought to recover his beautiful wife from Paris of Troy. On the other hand, a woman named Boudica actually led several British tribes in a bloody revolt against the Roman Empire in the first century A.D.
In World War II, pictures of pinup girls were used to inspire U.S. troops. While some women joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, others became army nurses or entered the workforce to make military equipment. Since that time, many more women have joined the military. In 2003, women made up just over 15% of the Army, and in 2008 General Ann E. Dunwoody was the first female to become a four star general.
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