This Day In History - Women First Enlist in the Marine Corps (1918)
August 13th, 1918. The U.S. Navy opens up the opportunity for women to join the Marine Corps. This included over 300 women who joined the Marines. They worked in clerical roles and Opha Mae Johnson was the first woman to join the Marines. She just happened to be lucky enough to be the first woman in the volunteer line! Although these original women stuck to clerical roles, that is not the case for women in the Marines today! In 1948, 8 women were sworn is as regular Marines and today, the Women Marines websites states that, "Women serve in 93 percent of all occupational fields and 62 percent of all billets. Women constitute 7.11 percent of the Corps end strength and are an integral part of the Marine Corps." Learn more about these amazing women at womenmarines.org or click the link below!