Honoring Women Who Have Served Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

U.S. Postage Stamp issued on October 18, 1997 in collaboration with the dedication of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial (WIMSA) on September 18, 1997. The memorial and stamp were meant to serve as historical representations of the combined efforts by American women who served in protecting the nation. They serve as physical symbols of remembrance, commemorating the bravery and sacrifice of women who exhibited strength and valor in extraordinary circumstances, those  who were POWs, or those who were  lost in the line of duty. Today, the memorial can be located in the Arlington National Cemetery in D.C. The stamp itself was circulated and printed in the United States in 1997, and depicted women serving in different branches of the American Military. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Hello MOM Family!

As things have begun to open up again in some parts of the United States after vaccine distributions, I hope you have all been able to have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend with family and friends. Today is a day to commemorate those who have served their country with everything they have. Such members of our armed forces paid the ultimate price, and deserve to be memorialized as heroes for the country and the people they laid their lives down for. Regardless of what side you may fall on the political spectrum, MOM hopes you will join us as we honor these brave individuals. The brave souls lost in the line of duty were family to someone. They were friends, fathers, sons, daughters, and mothers whose memory lives on in those whom they leave behind. We at MOM hope to honor such precious memories with respect and reverence. 

WWII Campaign add designed by Artist J. Howard Miller; depicting Rosie the Riveter. The initiative of the campaign was to promote nationalism and draw women to assist in the war effort on the Homefront. Women provided the necessary workers needed for the large deficits in industrial workforce after the enlistment of many American men. Image courtesy of PublicDomianPictures.net.

MOM is a social change museum dedicated to highlighting the importance of exhibition and multidisciplinary education on the overlapping topics of maternal studies, women in society and the multicultural family. Therefore, we feel a special sense of responsibility toward honoring the women who have served with their lives in our military on this special day. Historically, women have been an essential force in American wars throughout history. Most notable examples include women’s assistance as spies, field nurses and gun loaders in battle during the revolutionary war; dedicating themselves for the creation of the nation. Additionally, women have served on the Homefront in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard in noncombatant roles since the late 1910s. WWI also saw women serve in all branches as nurses and auxiliary staff. However, women have formally served in the US armed forces in an official capacity only since WWII. The ‘We Can Do It’ mantra brought them into the fight, and revealed the cooperation of women was necessary for the victory of Allied forces. 

Image of Vietnam Women’s Memorial, which shows three women (one of which is behind the fallen soldier and is unseen in photo) tending to a fallen soldier in active combat in Vietnam. The memorial is located in Washington D.C. and was dedicated in 1993. Image taken in 2010 courtesy of Shutterstock.

After WWII, on June 12 1948, women were established under President Truman to be able to claim full benefits and establish military careers like their male counterparts. This allowed American women to forge a new path for future generations, and gave them well-earned rights and benefits for their dedication and service. As of  2018, June 12th was established as Women Veterans Day to remember this historic change. Following WWII, women would go on  to serve in active duty in the Korean War, Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. As women continue to serve in active combat, and sacrifice their lives in service for the country, we want to honor them for their service and sacrifice. We also want to thank the families who honor them as beloved daughters, sisters and mothers; remembering them forever for the impact they had in their lives, and carrying them in their hearts. To all who have served and sacrificed for our country, Thank You. 


Sources:

https://www.pewresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2011/12/women-in-the-military.pdf

SWAN-Where-we-stand-2019-0416revised.pdf (servicewomen.org)

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

https://www.military.com/history/womens-history-month/first-women-join-military

https://libguides.mnhs.org/wwii_women

‘We can do it:’ The history of women in military service | The American Legion

The Role of Women in the Korean War – Korean War Legacy

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/washington-usa-july-14-2010-memorial-391058671

https://www.nps.gov/thingstodo/vietnam-womens-memorial.htm

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The Motherhood Foundation is a certified nonprofit 501c3 connecting Women, Mothers and Families through Music, Art, Activism and Education for Cultural, Economic & Social awareness. By creating, producing and presenting visual, literary, educational, academic, performing arts exhibits that celebrate, nurture and support women with a special emphasis on mothers, and their activities, MFI pays tribute to mothers (Moms). The Foundation gives individuals and groups of Moms opportunities for artistic, academic, and cultural presentations they might not otherwise have; free of age, race and socio-economic barriers. MFI cares about, and acts upon the status of women, mothers and families, while addressing important issues, creating meaningful content, and providing compelling educational and community experiences.

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