MORE than two-thirds of Britons believe that the achievements of women in the armed forces should be more recognized and celebrated.
A survey of 2,000 adults found that 42% associated women in the military with care-oriented roles such as nursing, rather than their heroic acts on the front lines.
As a result, 74% have heard of Florence Nightingale, the nurse famous for her role in treating soldiers during the Crimean War.
However, barely six percent know Michelle “Chuck” Norris, who was the first woman to receive the Military Cross.
Private Norris, then just 19 years old and a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps, received the Queen’s Honor in 2007 after his heroic acts in heavy fire in Iraq the previous year.
She faced heavy sniper fire for three minutes after climbing on top of a Warrior armored vehicle to bring her sergeant to safety after sustaining a head injury.
A bullet from an AK47 rifle ripped through her backpack as she came under fire from five different positions in Maysan Province.
Likewise, eight percent have heard of Philippa Tattersall, who was the first woman to complete the nine-week Royal Marine commando course and receive the Green Beret.
Less than one in 10 (nine percent) have heard of Violette Szabo (née Bushell), the English war widow born in France, who was posthumously awarded the George Cross for her work as a secret agent in occupied France during the Second World War. .
And only one in 25 (four percent) recognized the names of Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne, who were British sisters and spies working undercover against the Nazis in France.
As a result, less than one in five (18 percent) thinks women’s military accomplishments in the past are well recognized, while a third think their more recent work is better known.
Overall, 69% believe that the work of women in the armed forces should be more recognized and celebrated.
The research was conducted by the Armed Forces media and charity BFBS ahead of International Women’s Day, where they will share inspiring stories from women in the military on forces.net/women.
Simon Bucks, CEO of BFBS, said: “Women have played a vital role in conflict since the 19th century. But if their heroism is regularly recognized within the armed forces, very few of their names would be recognized by the general public.
“Indeed, apart from perhaps Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole who cared for wounded soldiers in the Crimean War over 150 years ago, many would find it difficult to name female military heroes.
“At BFBS our mission is to stand up for the entire family from the armed forces and, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, we are focusing on the women who have helped keep Britain safe during its peak times. darker.
Research has shown marked differences between male and female military heroes.
While very few had heard of many women in military history, 48% had heard of Andy McNab, the hero and author of the SAS, while 67% had heard of Lawrence of Arabia.
This was in part due to their presence in the media through various movies and TV shows.
But 48% admitted that they did not recall seeing a report on a female member of the armed forces.
And six in ten said they had never seen a statue or memorial depicting a female military figure.
More than half (54%) said they want more documentaries about women in the military, while 44% want more films about their stories.
And two-thirds (68%) of those polled via OnePoll believe children should learn more about female military heroes in school.
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Simon Bucks, CEO of BFBS, added: “Even before women were allowed to take on ground combat roles five years ago, they were regularly doing crucial work in the heat of battle, not just as nurses.
“At BFBS, on this International Women’s Day, we share the fascinating and inspiring stories of the brilliant work women, past and present, have done in every part of the British armed forces.
More information – https://www.forces.net/women