On July 11, 1970, Brigadier General Anna Mae Hays became the first woman in the U.S. military to be given a general officer rank. On the same day, and directly after Hay’s promotion, Brigadier General Elizabeth P. Hoisington received the same rank. From 1967-1971, Hays was chief of the Army Nurse Corps while Hoisington was director of the Women’s Army Corps from 1966-1971.
In a 1988 interview, Hoisington was asked about the differences between male and female military branches. She stated the following:
We were always just as much officers as any other officer. To those who say we weren’t, hell to them. I wasn’t in the Salvation Army. The WAC was just like any other corps.