Cornificia with a book on her desk, by the Talbot Master, c. 1440 (northern France - Rouen). Detail from Boccacio, de mulieribus claris/Le livre de femmes nobles et renomées (trad. anonyme). British Library, Royal 16 G V, fol. 99
Loretta Perfectus Walsh became the first American active-duty Navy woman, and the first woman allowed to serve as a woman, in any of the United States armed forces other than as a nurse, when she enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on March 17, 1917.