Meet General Ann Dunwoody, the first woman four star general in United States history. See her photos, biography, and video below. She was promoted by President Bush on November 14th, 2008 after confirmation by the Senate in July.

It will be ironic to some that the nation’s first 4-star female general was promoted by George Bush, the man who Barack Obama essentially ran against on a platform of “change.” Critics will point out that Obama passed up the opportunity to promote Hillary as the nation’s first female vice president, and was roundly criticized during the campaign for perceived sexism.

Now women have change they can believe in, so to speak, an accomplished woman named Ann Dunwoody getting promoted by an unpopular Republican president. The dynamics are interesting and help explain why the GOP’s John McCain got a substantial majority of the vote from white women on November 4th.

Ann Dunwoody Biography

As a biography, Ann E. Dunwoody is 55 years old, born appropriately in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

At the time of her nomination in June, she said:

“I grew up in a family that didn’t know what glass ceilings were. This nomination only reaffirms what I have known to be true about the military throughout my career, that the doors continue to open for men and women in uniform.”

It was 38 years ago when the Army’s first one-star female general was appointed, Anna Mae Hays, again by an unpopular Republican president named Richard Nixon. There are now 21, General Dunwoody included.

She graduated from the Command and General Staff College in 1987, after which she eventually became the 82nd Airborne Division’s first female battalion commander at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Her litany of accomplishments include the Distinguished Service Medal and Defense Superior Service Medal.

Dunwoody became a 3-star general in 2005, which was also a first in the military.

Ann Dunwoody Video