major gen. marcia anderson

Major General Marcia Anderson is the first African-American woman to earn the rank of Major General in the 237-year history of the U.S. Army.

*(Via NBC LA) – Last September, Gen. Marcia Anderson became the first black woman with two stars in the Army or Army Reserve, and says despite 237 years with no female Major Generals, equality abounds in the military.

“Currently, and I’m very proud of this fact, women serve in 93 percent of all army occupations, and women comprise 13.5 percent of the active army,” Anderson said.

Anderson spoke in advance of Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26, which was founded by the late politician and feminist icon Bella Abzug.

“She was the first Jewish woman to be elected to the House of Representatives,” Anderson said. “One of her famous quotes is, ‘Women belong in the house. The House of Representatives.’”

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