General Ann Dunwoody Cracks the ‘Brass Ceiling’

15 Nov

Via NoQuarter:

Woman reaches US army’s top rank

An American woman has been promoted to four-star general – the first female to reach the US army’s highest rank. Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

General Dunwoody

Ann E Dunwoody said she had never expected to rise so high in the ranks in her 33-year career.

She said no one was more surprised than she and her husband. “Behind every successful woman there’s an astonished man,” she added.

Defence Secretary Robert Gates said: “History will no doubt take note of [Dunwoody’s] achievement in breaking through this final ‘brass ceiling’ to pin on this fourth star.”

There are 21 female generals, most of them one-star, in the US army.

Women make up 14% of the army’s active-service strength of more than 500,000 soldiers.

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