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Sea Change at AnnapolisThe United States Naval Academy, 1949-2000$
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H. Michael Gelfand

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830475

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877470_gelfand

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. Revolutionary Change at Evolutionary Speed Women in the Class of 1980

. Revolutionary Change at Evolutionary Speed Women in the Class of 1980

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(p.135) 6. Revolutionary Change at Evolutionary Speed Women in the Class of 1980
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Sea Change at Annapolis
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H. Michael Gelfand

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877470_gelfand.11

This chapter recounts the experiences of three women in the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) and the first group of 81 women at the United States Naval Academy (USNA). It describes the pressures they faced upon their arrival until their commencement day in 1980. At USNA, the women experienced difficulties with their uniforms, the media, Academy officers and faculty, alumni, and male midshipmen. Male midshipmen, for example, subjected women plebes to a variety of pranks, some of which were overtly cruel and dangerous.

Keywords:   Preparatory School, NAPS, Naval Academy, USNA, uniforms, media, women, plebes

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