Just Who Is Ann Dunwoody
Ann Dunwoody was raised in a home comprised of three generations of West Point graduates that lead to ten or more years in the military world. Of course, with this type of pressure on her back she joined the air force to supplement the tradition. However, during her time in the military two years turned into thirty years. Dunwoody was raised through the ranks and went from platoon leader all the way to the first female Four-Star General with the help of male role models and family members. In her autobiography, “A Higher Standard,” Dunwoody goes through all the trials and tribulations she encountered along her path. This text offers up great advice for all high school and college students; however, it encourages women the most. Breaking the “copper ceiling,” as Dunwoody says, is a challenge that every little child should toy with in their mind at an early age. Then when becoming older, they should take those steps to make a difference in the world we live in. Now being retired, Ann Dunwoody still loves to talk about her story and empower young minds. Her text “A Higher Standard,” was deemed the common reading for the class of 2020 at the University of Florida where she also came and spoke during freshman convocation.
History Of Women In Action
Women have always been behind the scenes when it comes to the army realm. Whether it be supplying food, housing soldiers, or caring for the injured women have had some part in battle. The American Revolutionary war was when it arose that women were trying to contribute to the land that they loved by becoming spies or serving in combat with their husbands or disguised as men. It wasn’t until 1943 before the Women’s Army Corps was created. The WAC created jobs for women in the army, allowed equal benefits and pay, and the same disciplinary code as men. The forming of this organization was ground breaking however, women could still not participate in combat. On June 12th 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed the Women's Armed Service Integration Act, which allowed the presence of women into the army. Not until forty years later in 1983 do you see the first light of women marching into combat zones in Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada. After these events, the role of women in the military changed forever and in 2008 General Ann Dunwoody became the first female Four-Star general in military history. This slow change in the military system showed that the integration of women into the army was not going to be an easy one. It took time and patience of all those women throughout history to keep the ultimate end goal in mind. General Ann Dunwoody said one of the greatest quotes in her book, “What I've realized is how important diversity is to solving complex and challenging problems that we have today, if we are sitting with all men that look alike and trained alike they tend to come out with similar solutions. The power of diversifying ... makes any organization better. Even on the battlefield. Particularly on the battlefield.” Diversity is never a bad thing and it can help rise up nations to prepare and conquer any battle set before it.