“Heroism Begins with Her” shares the story of more than 70 women and their service in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. An excellent resource for learning more about the evolution of women’s roles in the U.S. Military, Conkling’s research introduces readers to the lesser-known history of women who chose to serve in the military, even when it was not permitted.

The book is divided into sections based on conflict, from the Revolutionary War through present-day. Each section gives an overview of the conflict in addition to many photographs and illustrations by Julia Kuo. You may recognize some of the names like Harriet Tubman and Bea Arthur, while others are unsung heroines.

Visit the NVMM to learn more about these exceptional women, many of whom are featured on our Museum Timeline.

Extend Your Learning:

Ask questions about this story.

  • Why did some women disguise themselves as men?
  • In addition to actress Bea Arthur, can you think of other female celebrities who served?
  • Why is it important to make sure that these women’s stories are told?

Check out some of out past blog posts about women in the military:

Learn more about inspirational women in the military!

Explore the stories of some of our AAPI Servicewomen and their fight to be recognized.

Check out some stories about women in the sky who were pioneers in the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.

Choose one of the inspiring women in this book and create a poster about her accomplishments. Share your creation with us by sending an image to education@nationalvmm.org to be featured on our website or tag us on Instagram @NationalVMM!

If you are one of our central Ohio neighbors, check out the book at your local branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library or search WorldCat.org to find the book in a library near you!

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