Our Cultural Expanse: Women in the Navy, 1972-1991

Admiral Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Jr., Chief of Naval Operations in the 1970s, pushed forward on his women and minority initiatives that increased opportunities for female Sailors. The surface and aviation communities saw the biggest strides when women were allowed to serve on auxiliary vessels, earn their flight wings, and be eligible for flag rank.

Women were also finding other ways to contribute in the absence of deployment opportunities, such as serving in overseas support departments and even support roles in Antarctica.Panel5B

Explore our parent command, Naval History and Heritage Command‘s historical presentation: Women in the Navy.

For non-military presentations, visit the official website for Woman’s History Month.

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