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Coeducation Research Guide

Female Assimilation at Other Institutions

United States Military Academy (West Point):

After Congress authorized the admission of women to the federal service academies in 1975, West Point admitted its first 119 female cadets in 1976. The following items present users opportunity to begin research into the institution's female cadet assimilation.

Websites:

https://westpoint.edu- The official website for West Point.

https://usma.libguides.com/special-collections-archives/home- The official website for the West Point Library, with instructions on accessing archival materials. 

http://digital-library.usma.edu/digital/collection/p16919coll15/search- Site for West Point's collection on its female cadets. 

Books:

Tough as Nails: One Woman's Journey Through West Point by Gail O'Sullivan Dwyer (2009). Hellgate Press.- Presents the story of Gail O'Sullivan Dwyer, a graduate of West Point's second class of women in 1981.

Porcelain on Steel: Women of West Point's Long Gray Line by Donna McAleer Janda (2002). Praeger.- Presents history of women entering the United States Military Academy. 

Project Athena:

Undertaken from 1975, 1980, Project Athena was one of the nation's first studies on women integration within all-male institutions, the result of a joint Military Academy-Army Research Institute effort. The West Point library offers access to Project Athena documents through their website here

Virginia Military Institute:

In 1997, Virginia Military Institute (VMI), became the final U.S. military college to admit women into its Corps of Cadets. The following items present users opportunity for research into the institution's female cadet assimilation.

Websites:

https://www.vmi.edu/ -The official website for the Virginia Military Institute

https://marybaldwin.edu/vwil/ - The official website for the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership, created in 1993 as an all-female alternative to VMI's official Corps of Cadets.

https://www.vmi.edu/archives/ - The official website for the Virginia Military Institute's Archives.

Books:

Women in the Barracks: The VMI Case and Equal Rights by Philippa Strum (2002). University Press of Kansas.- Presents the history of female assimilation at the Virginia Military Institute

Breaking out : VMI and the Coming of Women by Laura Fairchild Brodie (2000). Pantheon Books