Pvt. Opha May Johnson, 40, first enlisted female Marine sometime after joining the Marine Corps. Johnson enlisted into the reserve in August 1918. (Courtesy of the Marine Corps History Division, Historical Reference Branch) Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/image/993597/female-marines-celebrate-95-years-corps#.Ugki3VO9x4w#ixzz2bmMnCiq6
October 1,1997 Gilda Jackson, a Special Projects Officer at Cherry Point, NC, received her promotion to Marine Colonel on this date, becoming the first Black woman to hold an O-6 rank in Marine Corps history.