Military Herstory

Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody has become the first woman to be nominated as a four-star general, a position that requires Senate approval. Dunwoody, a graduate of SUNY Cortland, is the first woman to break this glass ceiling, in no small part because of the legal limits on women serving in combat — and the fact that combat service is usually the only way to four stars. She's one of only two female three-star generals in the Army today, and will be one of only 11 four-star generals (as the Army's only allowed 11 by law). She says: "This nomination only reaffirms what I have known to be true about the military throughout my career — that the doors continue to open for men and women in uniform." While we don't know that everyone would agree with that statement, it would be a nice ideal for them to try to live up to. Congrats, Ann! [Attackerman, CNN, Chicago Tribune]