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7 black female soldiers who broke barriers to achieve incredible feats

May 29, 2019 at 10:00 am | Women

Francis Akhalbey

Francis Akhalbey | Staff Writer

May 29, 2019 at 10:00 am | Women

An illustration of Cathay Williams. Pic credit: Atlanta Black Star

Cathay Williams
Cathay Williams became the first black woman to enlist in the U.S. army in 1866 at a time when women were prohibited from serving in the military. Disguising herself as a man, Cathay switched her first and last names and successfully sealed her fate in history as the first documented black woman to enlist in the Army. For two years in the army, she hid her femininity until she was finally discovered by a surgeon.

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