AP PHOTOS: A look at women's military serviceJanuary 24, 2013 @ 7:07 pm
(AP) - Through the years, women's roles in wartime have evolved _ not that women ever have been inclined to just stand by.
During the American Revolution, Nancy Morgan Hart was famously depicted with a musket, defending her home and children from British soldiers in Georgia.
In World War II, members of the Women Army Corps worked in a support capacity, while in Iraq and Afghanistan women have served closer to the front.
Those roles evolved further Thursday when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order ending the Pentagon's ban on women serving in combat.
Here's a collection of images showing some of the ways women have served their country in the U.S. military:
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Extra police are on duty & students stay home over an Auburn high school shooting threat
With Seahawks home games 'sold out' the ticket price of this seat doesn't seem so bad
Microsoft releases a band that monitors more than just your fitness
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.