Every woman that has ever served in the American military has volunteered to do so. Today more women serve in the armed forces of the United States than at any other time in our nations history, in ways never before possible. This courageous heritage can be traced back to the Revolution where women donned men's clothes and took up arms against the British. And though none had the right to vote, hundreds of women participated in the Civil War as nurses, spies and soldiers. Of the 33,000 women who served their country during the Great War, some 300 lost their lives. More than 700,000 women defended America in WW II, Korea and Vietnam. As of 2014, over 150 female patriots have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The service of these women has been heroic, their sacrifices profound and their enormous accomplishments largely ignored.