CaptainMolly.com is a blog by women in the military for women in the military. We are an online extension of the unbreakable bond we share as women who wear the uniform.
We talk about the opportunities, the challenges, the unbelievable, the absurd, the insane and the hysterically funny aspects of being in the military.
It’s what we do when the guys in uniform leave the room.
So sit back and enjoy the conversation, and chime in.
And if you’re wondering about the name, you’re not alone. But “Chicks in Uniform” seemed a little pornographic and other names were too sterile. So we went back in history and found the first woman to receive payment from the US Military for her service in combat.
On November 16, 1776, Margaret Corbin was with her husband’s artillery company at Fort Washington, New York City, when it was attacked by the British. When her husband was killed during the battle, Margaret Corbin heroically filled his post and fired the cannon in his place.
She was gravely wounded and in recognition of this heroic deed, she became the first woman to receive a pension, half the monthly pay of a soldier, from the United States and earning her the nickname “Captain Molly.”
In her later years Molly was ostracized by society women for her sharp tongue and un-lady like actions.
She died a wounded veteran with little access to help or understanding from her peers.
One cannot help but notice the similarities between courageous Molly and her modern day sisters in arms. And so we honor Captain Molly by sharing our stories and maybe we do a little good along the way.