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Hat worn by Anna Mae McCabe Hays when she became the first woman general in the U.S. Army, June 11, 1970Hat worn by Anna Mae McCabe Hays when she became the first woman general in the U.S. Army, June 11, 1970

Hays, chief of the Army Nurse Corps, entered military service in 1942. Her career included combat experience in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In 1997 the Smithsonian collected artifacts from Hays's promotion ceremony as part of an effort to document women in the military. Hays hoped to be remembered for, in her own words, "breaking down some glass ceilings."

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