Coretta Scott King emerged as an important figure in the civil rights movement after her husband, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in 1968.
She helped organize a 1968 march of poor people in Washington, D.C., and participated in many other demonstrations. She also set up the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
About 10,000 women served in the military forces in the Vietnam War, which ended in 1973.
Most were nurses.