Amy Nathan commemorates the courageous American women who have proudly served their country since the Revolutionary War. Count on Us traces women's long struggle to serve as full members of the armed forces and shows how each new war brought new opportunities. Soldiers-in-disguise in the Revolutionary War. Nurses in the Civil War. Telephone switchboard operators and office workers in World War I. Mechanics, technicians, and aviators in World War II. Medevac pilots and mid-air refuelers in the Persian Gulf War. Combat pilots in Operation Enduring Freedom. Today, one in every seven people in the military is a woman. Children will be inspired by these long unsung heroes who challenged the status quo and overcame formidable barriers to serve their country.
Readers meet Deborah Samson, who disguised herself as a man and fought for more than a year in the Revolutionary War; Clara Barton, whose work gathering much-needed supplies for wounded soldiers during the Civil War led to the establishment of the Red Cross; and Colonel Christine Knighton, who was the first female commander of her Black Hawk helicopter unit. Foreward by Walter Kronkite.
In this clearly written, well-organized book, [Amy] Nathan traces the gains [military women] have made from the Revolutionary War to the present day...Each major war is discussed from the perspective of the female participants of that era, and quotes from individuals, insets with mini biographies, and an abundance of period photographs bring the narrative to life. Readers will find this book valuable for research and interesting for browsing.starred review, School Library Journal