In Becker and Eagly’s article Comparing the Heroism of Women and Men, they give the definition of “heroism as voluntarily risking physical injury or death in the service of one or more other people” (1). Although they try not to included paid roles like soldiers in the army, their reasoning behind it is that women have been excluded for the majority of time from high leadership roles that were only obtainable for men. So in the past, there were not many women figures that would be classified as a Hero. According to Becker and Eagly, when women do have the opportunity to achieve heroism, they either fail to come through or they accomplish the heroic act but they do not receive the great recognition like a male would. Part of the problem in the way our society views heroism derives from the fact women have been excluded from the many male dominated protective roles which most of the work done in these roles resulted in an act of heroism, so they have had much fewer chances to become a hero. Although in today’s society they have as equal of an opportunity as any male to obtain these roles, in the past they were unable to acquire these types of heroic roles leaving an uneven distribution of who was considered a hero. But there are many women who played important roles in both World Wars as well as in the recent past who may not have received the largest recognition for their duty but they are none the less heroes.