The Liz Library presents Irene Stuber's Women of Achievement




Lt. Kara Spears Hultgreen, U.S. Navy -- Was the first female pilot killed after the Department of Defense Risk rule was rescinded. Lt. Hultgreen was one of the first U.S. Navy female combat pilots.

          hopper.gifCommodore (Rear Adm.) Grace Murray Hopper - 1906-1992 U.S. Navy -- Was a mathematician, and a pioneer in data processing and computer science. Admiral Hopper invented COBOL and coined the term "bug" in computers. When she retired from the Navy in 1986, at the age of 80, she was the oldest officer on active duty. Admiral Hopper

Maj. Marie Therese Rossi, U.S. Army -- Was a female helicopter pilot killed the day after the cease fire which ended Operation Desert Storm (the Persian Gulf War).

          Constance Bennett -- Acted in more than 50 films, including 1937 "Topper" married Brig. Gen. Coulter.

delano.gifJane Delano -- Second superintendent of Army Nurse Corps 1909-12, active with the Red Cross during World War II.

      higgins.gifMarguerite "Maggie" Higgins - 1920-1966 -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, only woman correspondent during the Korean Conflict. She also reported from the battlefields of WWII - where she witnessed the liberation of Dachau and covered the Nuremburg Trials.

Juanita Hipps -- Wrote I Served on Bataan, best seller in 1943 and basis for movie "So Proudly We Hail," World War II Army Nurse.

          Juliet O. Hopkins -- "Florence Nightingale of South" during the Civil War.

          B. 05-07-1818, Juliet Ann Opie Hopkins - Although she actually did the job of supervising the Chimborazo Hospital during the Civil War, her husband got the title of hospital supervisor (and the money) because the Alabama legislature refused to recognize a women in any professional capacity.
                She actually went onto the battlefields to minister to the Confederate wounded and was wounded herself.
                JOH was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. [-iks]

mcgee.gifDr. Anita Newcomb McGee - 1864-1940 -- First woman Army surgeon in 1898, assigned to secure and train nurses for the Spanish American War. When the war ended she organized the Army Nurse Corps under the U.S. Surgeon General and served as its first director and the first woman assistant surgeon general.

          Katherine Marshall -- Wrote Together, an autobiography about her life with Gen. George C. Marshall.

Barbara Allen Rainey - 1948 - 1982 -- First woman pilot in the history of the U.S. Navy, earning her gold wins in 1974. She was killed while training another pilot, in an air accident in Florida

          Mary Randolph -- First person buried on grounds that became Arlington Cemetery, cousin of Mary Custis, wife of Gen. Robert E. Lee, wrote The Virginia Housewife, a best seller in late 1700s .

ream.gifVinnie Ream - 1847 - 1914 -- Sculpted Lincoln statue in Capitol at age 18. First woman artist to be commissioned by the government and last artist whom Lincoln sat for before his death; sculpted many other statues, including Sappho, the poetess, above her grave.

      Mary Roberts Rinehart - 1876-1958 -- America's first woman war correspondent during World War I for the Saturday Evening Post; wrote mystery novels, including The Circular Staircase and The Bat; in 1921 was referred to as "America's Mistress of Mystery."

Fay Bainter -- Actress during silent films (wife of Lt. Cmdr. Reginald Venable).

          Cmdr. Beatrice V. Ball -- U.S. Coast Guard reserves, senior officer in SPARS (women's Coast Guard unit) founded in World War II.

Lt. Ollie Josephine B. Bennett -- Pioneer woman Army doctor during World War I.

Source: Fact Sheet, Military District of Washington, U.S. Army and the files of Captain Barbara A. Wilson on military women.

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Rory Kates images Center for Military Readiness Capt. Barb Far left, at the Center for Military Readiness, where Elaine Donnelly keeps up to date on many of these current issues, you can find additional information on women in combat and deployment readiness (as well as some different points of view). Left, click for link to Capt. Barb's military women website.