I Am Not Invisible (#IANI) focuses on highlighting and increasing the conversation about women veterans of which there are about 2 million in the U.S.
Women have served in various and critical roles throughout history in both military and resistance units. After WW 2 their contributions were recognised with the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act which was signed into being on June 12th, 1948 but awareness around who they were/are and their stories have fallen into the fault lines of societal norms. Historically men’s heroic war tales have always trumped women’s.
Women’s Veteran’s Day, June 12th, established in some states in 2018 is an acknowledgement that women are essential to the country’s defence and peacekeeping and that they serve in regular (not just auxiliary) armed forces. The date honours women including 140,000 women who served in the Women’s Army Corps (WACS) in WW 2 and those employed in services such as, cryptography and military intelligence. For more narratives on American and other women who have contributed to the war effort check out Articles.