Notable Women in History

Today’s blog features a notable first in history, Dr. Mary Walker. Dr. Walker served the Union during the Civil War as a physician. She is notable because she is the first and only woman in our nation’s history to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. This is the highest U.S. military decoration awarded by Congress. It is given to a member of the armed forces for gallantry and bravery in combat at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. Dr. Walker’s gallantry was shown when she treated the wounded at Warrenton and Fredericksburg, Virginia in December 1862. She continued her service in Chattanooga, Tennessee tending to the casualties of the battle of Chickamauga. In September 1863, she was appointed assistant surgeon in the Army of the Cumberland. Her courage under fire earns Dr. Mary Walker a spot in our blog as a notable woman in our nation’s history.

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Blog Launch

Today is the launch of SheServed, a blog that creates a platform on issues that speak to women’s roles in history, education, and innovations in technology. The belief in designing this blog is that developing an online community will allow creative ideas and opinions to cultivate thoughtful discussions and debate. This site welcomes open conversations among students, teachers, the military, and the global community.  The blog supports diverse perspectives on these subjects. Respectful discourse is important in our ability to communicate, collaborate, and learn. A mutual deference to contributor’s opinions is important and critical to SheServed’s success.

*Thanks to the U.S. Army Women’s Museum for resourcing media and content for this blog.