Women Veterans Day – June 12th
Women Veterans Day is observed on June 12 in the United States, a date chosen to mark the anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act. The date is not recognized nationally but is recognized by a number of states, either through legislation or proclamation, and organizations.
The Women’s Armed Services Integration Act legally permitted women to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces in a number of official capacities. Most importantly, the act allowed women to serve in all four branches of the military.
The stated goal of Women Veterans Day varies somewhat by state, but can generally be acknowledged as an effort to honor the work of women in the United States Armed Forces and recognize the unique challenges that they have faced
The date was first recognized when the New York State Assembly declared June 12, 2008 to be Women Veterans’ Recognition Day.
A woman is a Veteran if she served in the active military, naval or air service and separated under any conditions other than dishonorable.
There are more than 2 million women Veterans living in the U.S. today. Women are the fastest-growing group in the Veteran population.
Remembering and Honoring Women Veterans Today
- Post pictures of women veterans throughout your office.
- Share pictures or stories of women veterans on social media with the hashtag #WomenVeteransDay.
- Coordinate and/or organize a trip to a local women’s veteran’s event.
- Write a tribute to a woman veteran to share with a group of women veterans.