The Civil War was the bloodiest battle in American history but did you know more than 400 women joined the fight?

Armies were desperate for fresh bodies and trigger fingers so it was relatively easy for women to enlist.  In fact,  their service became an open secret as women happily ditched their hooped skirts and fainting couches.

This week, WomanScape brings you the fighting stories of women like Cathay Williams, the first African American woman to enlist in the Civil War, and Doris “Lucki” Allen, a remarkable U.S. soldier who served in Korea and Vietnam.  Doris is the only woman inducted into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.

You’ll note, we’re shaking things up with a video editorial below.  After all, it is Oscar Night.

Look for more videos through the week on Facebook and soul-filling stories every day.  Today, Rose shares why we don’t have an Oscar host and what it has to do with that fighting spirit of our Civil War women.  See if you agree.

Don’t forget to visit our WS Cares and shop our WS Boutique.  But most of all, be inspired by women making history, past and present, who battle for love of country and respect for self.

These women overcame labels – “the blindfolds of our lives.”

(Doris “Lucki” Allen)

As always, we love hearing from you.  Send any questions, comments or ideas to

Artfully inspired,

The WomanScape Team

Rose McInerney

Author Rose McInerney

Rose combines her love of all things artfully-designed to connect women to a shared community of learning and a richer, more fulfilled self. As a passionate storyteller, published writer, and international traveler, Rose believes women can build a better world through powerful storytelling.

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