In honor of Veterans' Day in the United States, my Awesome women of the day are women in the military. As an anti-war anti=military woman I realize this is a contradiction. However since we have had the military for most of human existence, I do honor those who serve. Especially women who serve, since in most countries they have always been volunteers, and sacrificed their all to be discriminated and ridiculed in a more than usually male dominated environment.
Women in the military have a history that extends over 4,000 years into the past, throughout a vast number of cultures and nations. Women have played many roles in the military, from ancient warrior women, to the women currently serving in conflicts.