History of women in combat

POSTED: 09:06 AM PST Jan 24, 2013    UPDATED: 01:19 PM PST Jan 24, 2013 

With Defense Secretary Ash Carter announcing Thursday that all U.S. military combat positions will now be open to women, take a look at the role women have played in major combats throughout history.

Women in Combat - Revolutionary War
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Library of Congress

In the United States, many women found themselves in the position of having to defend their homes against the British during the Revolutionary War. Some, like Molly Pitcher, fought in battle while others, like American artist Patience Lovell Wright, smuggled secret information to American forces in Philadelphia.

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