Breaking Out VMI and the Coming of Women (Paperback)
|Author: Laura Fairchild Brodie|
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|On June 26, 1996, in a ruling that no one at the Virginia Military Institute wanted to hear, the Supreme Court declared that women could no longer be refused admission. A year later, thirty women received their crew cuts and spent their first night inside the barracks where in previous years even the mothers of new students were denied entry.|
As a member of VMI's "assimilation committee", Laura Fairchild Brodie is able to take us behind the scenes, telling the story of this remarkable transition at the last all-male military academy in the voices of the participants themselves -- from concerned administrators to angry alumni, and from ambivalent cadets to determined female recruits. And in a new foreword to the Vintage edition, Brodie interviews members of the first co-ed class (now preparing for graduation in May 2001) to find out how they feel now, looking back on their historic experience.
From the Publisher:
A woman who served on the Virginia Military Institute's integration committee analyze's the school's struggle with instituting coeducation in the wake of a landmark 1996 Supreme Court order.
This report on the effort of the Virginia Military Institute to assimilate women into its classes stresses process. Having accepted a courts ruling that it must change, the leaders of VMI instituted a slow, deliberate, but democratic sharing of ideas that would seek to retain both the sense of tradition and the essence of the institution while preparing for the smooth matriculation of the next class.