In 1967 a new law ended the limit on the top rank women officers could achieve.
As a result, women began to be promoted to the positions of general and rear admiral in the 1970s. The 1967 law also did away with the 2 percent limit on the number of women in the services.
In 1975 Congress opened West Point, Annapolis, and the other military academies to women. Also in 1975, married women with children were allowed to serve in the military for the first time.
In 1978 women obtained the right to serve on noncombat ships in the navy.
Jacqueline Cochran, who helped organize women pilots during World War II, was the first woman pilot to break the sound barrier, in 1953.