Women Warriors

Dr. Margaret Craighill, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

Margaret Craighill was born into a military family. She would become the third generation to join the military following her father and grandfather. Before she went into the military she focused her attention on becoming a doctor.

Margaret had an extensive education as usually required by someone who is pursuing a medical career. For her Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Science (MS) she attended University of Wisconsin. She had a brief stint working as a physiologist with the Chemical Warfare Department of the U.S. Army and after she enrolled in the prestigious John Hopkins University School of Medicine. She graduated in 1924 with a Doctor of Medicine (MD).

After her education Margaret went on to work at Yale University as an Assistant Instructor of Pathology, then worked at John Hopkins Hospital as an assistant resident of Gynecology, and later at Bellevue Hospital as an assistant surgeon while simultaneously working at Greenwich Hospital as an assistant surgeon and attending gynecologist. Margaret moved on to Philadelphia in 1940 to work as the Dan of the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania while still working as an assistant gynecologist and obstetrician at Philadelphia General Hospital. In 1943, she put in a request for a leave of absence to join the military.

One month after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Sparkman-Johnson Bill into law allowing women to enter the Army and Navy Medical Corps, Margaret became the first woman to become a commissioned officer in the United States Army Medical Corps. She was assigned as the Women’s Consultant to the Surgeon General of the United States Army commanding the Women’s Health and Welfare Unit and liaison duty with the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). She was responsible for inspection of the field conditions for all women in the U.S. Army, which took her to areas all around the world traveling around 56,000 miles.

She fought for women in the military. She tried to establish set standard for medical care for women in the military including gynecological and psychiatric examination given to every applicant but was unsuccessful. She also recommended women be assigned positions based on their professional qualifications rather than their gender and tried to prove that women can handle multiple climates just as well as men. She also documented pregnancy and terminated pregnancy rates arguing that women who had an abortion did not deserve to be dishonorably discharge but should be allowed to remain in the military.

After the war, Margaret continued to fight for women as she returned to the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. She tried to introduce a coeducation plan with Jefferson Medical College but was rejected. She moved on to a surgical position with the Veterans Administration at Winter Veterans Hospital. During her tenure, Margaret became the Chief Consultant of Medical Care of Women Veterans, she was one of the ten branch section chiefs around the country responsible for the oversight of medical care of women veterans.

Margaret ended up studying psychiatry using her G.I. Bill at Menninger Foundation School of Psychiatry and the New York Institute of Psychoanalysis. She opened her own private practice in medicine and psychoanalysis in New Haven Connecticut. She wrote several publication over the women’s psyche in the army (with two categories nurses and the Women’s Army Corps) including the Psychiatric Aspects of Women Serving in the Army.

Margaret remained in Connecticut for the rest of her life until her passing on July 20, 1977 at the age of 78.

Back To Blog
  • Need Assistance?

    Here to Serve You


    We understand the obstacles and unique challenges women veterans face and are here to assist you.

    Get Help
  • Other Inquiries

    Contact

  • Get News & Updates

    Subscribe

  • Thank you to our partners, @laworksnow and Familie Thank you to our partners, @laworksnow and Families Active in Volunteer Enrichment, for all of your support! The volunteers at LA Works and FAVE provided 40 self-care kits and over 80 new parent kits including diapers, bottles, and baby blankets, for our new and expecting veteran moms. 

#Volunteers #Volunteer #WomenVeterans #WomanVeteran #MilitaryWomen #WomenInTheMilitary #MilitaryMom #Mom #MomLife #WomenWarriors #SelfCare
    Mentorship increases the chances of success by pro Mentorship increases the chances of success by providing someone not only with knowledge and wisdom, but also the professional and emotional support to make difficult decisions. Last week, the Women's Professional Leadership Forum provided an opportunity for junior military leaders to hear from senior women mentors at the 305th Military Intelligence (MI) Battalion Headquarters.

“We hold these forums because women can sometimes make up only 10 to 20 percent -- sometimes less -- of a unit’s population, and it can be difficult when you face obstacles that are unique to you, and you don’t have someone to relate to or seek out as a mentor”

What have you learned from your mentors? Tag a mentor to show your appreciation for their support. 

Learn more by clicking the link in our bio.
    Rising costs have hit families hard. To help cut d Rising costs have hit families hard. To help cut down monthly spending, #womenveterans can register today to pick up free critical items, such as diapers, wipes & household goods.

Register by February 6, 2023 to secure your spot. Link in bio.
.
.
.
.
#SanDiego #WomenInTheMilitary #WomenVeterans #WomanVeteran #camppendleton #Coronado #SanDiegoMilitary #Military #Veterans #Veteran
    The 80th Training Command, The Army School System The 80th Training Command, The Army School System (TASS), welcomed its first female commanding general Brig. Gen. Patricia Wallace, during an Assumption of Command ceremony here at the Frank B. Lotts Conference Center in Northern Chesterfield on January 21, 2023.

Brig. Gen. Wallace received the colors from presiding officer Maj. Gen. Eugene LeBouef, Deputy Command General, United States Army reserve Command, representing her accepting command. Upon acceptance of command Brig. Gen. Wallace became the first woman to lead the 80th in the command’s 105-year history.

Learn more:
https://www.dvidshub.net/news/437056/80th-training-command-welcomes-its-first-female-commander
    The 130th Airlift Wing's first all-female aircrew The 130th Airlift Wing's first all-female aircrew took flight from Yeager Field. The aircrew, consisting of five aviators, was tasked with an aeromedical evacuation training mission aboard a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

Lt. Col. Kristen Hoeckel and Maj. Kelly Farris piloted a route while Chief Master Sgt. Debbie Turrill, Technical Sgt. Emily Knight and Technical Sgt. Autumn Davis served as loadmasters for the flight— the first all-female crew in the unit’s 63-year history.

Learn more:
https://www.dvidshub.net/news/437025/130th-airlift-wings-first-all-female-aircrew-took-flight-yeager-field
.
.
.
.
#UnitedStatesAirForce #USAirForce #AirForce #WomenintheAirForce #AirForcePilot #MilitaryPilot #Aircrew #WomenInTheMilitary #MilitaryWomen #MilitaryWoman #Military #Charleston #WestVirginia #Florida #AirNationalGuardBase
    Meet Chief Master Sgt. Ashley A. Pace. She recentl Meet Chief Master Sgt. Ashley A. Pace. She recently celebrated her retirement. She spent 13 years on active duty, deployed in support of operations Enduring Freedom, Joint Guardian, and Iraqi Freedom, and then moved onto the 174th Attack Wing in 2016.

Learn more:
https://www.dvidshub.net/news/436544/chief-sets-pace
.
.
.
.
#UnitedStatesAirForce #USAirForce #AirForce #WomenintheAirForce #WomenInTheMilitary #MilitaryWomen #MilitaryWoman #Military #RetiredMilitary #ThankYouForYourService
    Meet Retired Army Master Sgt. Wilma J. Ross. Wilma Meet Retired Army Master Sgt. Wilma J. Ross. Wilma served more than 24 years in the military and was the first female to be promoted to the rank of master sergeant in the Kentucky Army National Guard. She passed away last year at the age of 81 and was laid to rest with military honors at Grove Hill Cemetery.

Learn more:
https://www.dvidshub.net/news/436652/first-female-kentucky-army-national-guard-master-sergeant-honored
.
.
.
.
#UnitedStatesArmy #USArmy #Army #WomenInTheArmy #ArmyWomen #Soldiers #FemaleSoldiers #WomenInTheMilitary #MilitaryWomen #MilitaryWoman #Military
    Meet U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Samantha Kesecker. Meet U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Samantha Kesecker. She is a cyber surety craftsman who ensures communications security, specifically for aircrew equipment and provides information technology support to the 167th Operations Group. 

Learn more:
https://www.dvidshub.net/news/436669/167th-airlift-wing-airman-spotlight-january-2023
.
.
.
.
#UnitedStatesAirForce #USAirForce #AirForce #WomenintheAirForce #WomenInTheMilitary #MilitaryWomen #MilitaryWoman #Military