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Women Veterans in Los Angeles County

Female, Woman, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Los Angeles

Just four of thousands of Los Angeles County women who served in the U.S. military:
Top Left: U.S. Air Force Lt. General Stayce Harris of Los Angeles (USAF photo). In 2001, first African American woman to command a flying squadron;
Top Right: U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Delia Quintero of Los Angeles, with 82nd Airborne Division (photo by Spc. David Nye);
Bottom Left: U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2 Natalia Grijalva of North Hollywood, on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (photo by PO3 Shawn Stewart);
Bottom Right: U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Ana Martinez of Los Angeles, training on Parris Island, South Carolina (photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink).


The U.S. Census estimates that, in 2019, there were 243,871 civilian U.S. military veterans living in Los Angeles County. Of that number, 18,906, or 8 percent, are women. Women veterans in Los Angeles County make up the fourth largest female veteran population among U.S. counties (following Maricopa County in Arizona, Bexar County in Texas, and San Diego County).

Female Veterans – Age

Data are 2019 U.S. Census 1-Year Estimates

Age Group Number Percent of Female Veterans Percent of All Veterans in Age Group
Total 18,140 100.0% 7.8%
18 to 34 Years 3,720 19.7% 15.0%
35 to 54 Years 7,266 38.4% 13.5%
55 to 64 Years 3,076 16.3% 8.3%
65 to 74 Years 2,700 14.3% 4.6%
75 Years & Over 2,144 11.3% 3.1%

Veterans – Race

Data are 2019 U.S. Census 1-Year Estimates

Race Number Percent of All Female Veterans Percent of All Veterans in Racial Group
American Indian & Alaska Native Alone 187 1.0% 6.8%
Asian Alone 1,918 10.1% 8.6%
Black or African American Alone 4,698 24.8% 11.3%
Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone 131 0.7% 10.3%
White Alone, Not Hispanic or Latino 6,319 33.4% 5.7%
Some Other Race Alone 1,765 9.3% 10.5%
Two or More Races 1,385 7.3% 14.9%
Hispanic or Latino of Any Race 4,965 26.3% 8.1%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


First Women Enlisted in the WAAC in the Los Angeles Area, 1942

Photo from the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive at UCLA Library.

1942. At the start of America's involvement in World War II, these were the first women from the Los Angeles area accepted for officer training in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) . Captain Robert L. Woods administers the oath to (left to right) Madelyn Miller, Anna W. Wilson, Dorothea Wilson, Emily Davis, Kathryn Johnson and Emily Hathaway.


USAF Women Enlistees in Los Angeles, 1968

Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive at the Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

1968. Group portrait of seventeen U.S. Air Force women enlistees and recruiters in Los Angeles.