African American women outnumber the amount of any other race enlisting in the United States military. In 2011 an article addressed the amount of black women in the militarycompared to others. One third of the 167,000 women enlisted, were African American. It began with Cathay Williams, the first black woman to enlist in the US military. Despite the years of inequality and unfair treatment, black women still choose to fight for their country. To celebrate the thousands of Black mlitary belles, enjoy these 20 photos of Black military women from the past.