Meet the Woman Who Just Broke the Navy's 'Glass Ceiling'

Adm. Michelle Howard is not only the first woman four-star in the Navy, she's also the first African-American female four-star in the entire U.S. military.
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So. Admiral -- -- Howard has become not only the first female four star in the navy but the first African American. And female four star -- -- US military. When I call to order Forestar showed -- boards for women they didn't exist. You folks are seeing the first set in the history the United States -- Okay. All of today's -- Long Island nation of men and women -- bundle. It was the 1970. -- in general John finally lifted the ban on women serving on navy ships when Michelle Howard entered the Naval Academy. You can't -- -- an -- to leave no man. Because actually they can't work. Howard would prove those doubters so wrong. Not only working aboard a ship but eventually commanding the naval task force that. Rescue captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates -- what's right when this. The injured Charlie asking. Captain. Powers Palin like -- Now my -- news money on the mountain west. It was about three days into the job when we got word that captain Phillips had been kidnapped we had to come up with a way. To convince the pirates it was in their best interest to stop moving to Somalia. She sent in Navy SEALs a few quick shots and it was all over. One more history -- today -- had to a lifetime of first that is wrong from over. Martha Raddatz ABC news Washington.

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