Women Who Broke Barriers Throughout Military History

American women have pushed to find ways (at times, creatively) to serve their country since the Revolutionary War.

To showcase their patriotism and sacrifice, here's a list of  women who broke barriers throughout military history.

Deborah Sampson Sampson disguised herself as a man and joined the 4th Massachusetts Regiment as Robert Shirtliff.

Under the male alias of Franklin Flint Thompson, Sarah Emma Edmonds served during the  Civil War.

Sarah Emma Edmonds

Dorothy Tuttle

Dorothy Tuttle was the first-ever recruit to join the SPARs, otherwise known as the Coast Guard Women’s Reserves.

Darlene Iskra

She was one of the first women to graduate from the Naval School of Diving and Salvage as a  diving officer.

Jeannie Marie Leavitt

She became the first female fighter pilot, the first to graduate from the Air Force Weapons School, and the first woman to command an Air Force combat  fighter wing.