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History of women in combat

POSTED: 9:06 AM PST January 24, 2013    UPDATED: 9:37 AM PST January 24, 2013 

Women have played a role in major combats throughout history.

Female soldier Afghanistan
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Erik de Castro / Reuters

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to lift the U.S. military ban on women in combat. Look back at the history of women in the military and the important roles they have played in conflicts worldwide.

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