Pauline Cushman's Oppression Of Women In The Military

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Women oppression has had such a big influence on women that at one point in history, they were not even allowed to help defend their country because they were seen as “weak.” They were only allowed to cater towards the men who were fighting. Eventually, women in America got tired of being treated as inferior human beings. Women’s roles in the military have changed immensely throughout history, and the transitions women have made has greatly impacted militaries everywhere.

Before women were allowed to join the military as soldiers, they were cooks, laundresses, spies, and, most importantly, nurses. Nurses in the military date as far back as the American Revolution. However, the first contracted nurses did not appear until around 1898, shortly
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She was an actress before she became a spy. She became a spy for the Union army after some Confederate officers dared her to toast to Jefferson Davis and the Confederate Army. She got the Confederates to trust her and she became and internal spy for the Union. However, the Confederates caught onto her and she was supposed to be hanged, but an attack from the Union forces saved her. After these incidents, she was forced to stop working due to her reputation. She was buried with military honors as well after her death in 1893 (Women Spies of the Civil …show more content…
When the US entered World War I, they only had about 400 nurses, but about a year later, they had over 20,000. This number almost tripled during World War II. Even while nurses were prisoners and starving they continued to help the wounded and ill people. Seven years later, Congress made the Navy Nurse Corps. Before World War I, the Navy Nurse Corps was much smaller than the Army Nurse Corps. Nurses started helping immediately when the US entered World War II. Many were on a hospital ship in Hawaii where they instantly treated the wounded after they got bombed. The most nurses the Navy Nurse Corps had was almost 12,000, but after World War II, that number dropped drastically. Nurses continues to work after the war was over because there were still people who needed to be cared for

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