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Celebrating Women's History Month at The Citadel

Welcome to The Citadel’s Women’s History Month, 2013 – Distinguished Women of South Carolina

History was made at The Citadel in August 1995 when, as a result of a ruling in her favor by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Shannon Faulkner reported to the college. While she did not fully enroll into the Corps of Cadets, her actions helped to pave the way for women at The Citadel. In August 1996, The Citadel’s Board of Visitors voted unanimously to drop the gender requirement from its admissions policy for the Corps of Cadets. Since that time, Citadel women have made great strides, distinguishing themselves in all areas of cadet life. Women have held leadership positions throughout the Corps of Cadets. The Class of 2012’s David Shingler Spell First and Second Honor graduates were women. Our female graduates have gone on to successful careers in both military and civilian life.

The presentation of Distinguished Women of South Carolina is meant to recognize and applaud the many women who have been leaders and contributors to the advancement of our society – in the military, science, law, civil rights, the arts, athletics – in all segments of American life. The men and women on our campus – students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, contributors, visitors, and fans – can all become more knowledgeable and aware about the deeds and contributions of women who have been a part of what makes our country great. Within the core values of The Citadel, it is our duty to honor and respect the women who will be presented over the next 31 days.

The women being presented throughout March were chosen by members of The Citadel community. They were thought to be worthy of being role models to our students, both male and female. Highlighted in the group are a number of “firsts” at The Citadel. Other honorees were selected because they were native daughters or non-South Carolinians who made their mark in our state. Many women were the first to accomplish something typically reserved for men; who despite the odds, followed their dreams and were successful. Some were recognized as being among the best in their fields, demonstrating tenacity in the face of challenge. Many of the distinguished women bravely took a stand for civil rights, demonstrating seeming fearlessness in the face of oppression.

There are many other women from whom we could choose and we look forward to future celebrations of women leaders and innovators. We invite you to check The Citadel website each day in March to learn about a notable South Carolina woman. We hope you experience some surprises, learn something new, and deepen your appreciation of the leadership and contributions of women to The Citadel, South Carolina and the United States.

Additional activities as part of Women’s History Month are listed in the Program of Events and will be announced on The Citadel’s web site.

Julie A. Lipovsky, Professor of Psychology, Chair WHM Committee

Committee members: Amanda Bonsall, Byron Brooks, Dana DeFebbo, Rachael Elrod, Amy Emm, James Grigg, Gervais Hagerty, Chelsea Marsh, Amanda Mushal, Edwina McGill, with special thanks to Chandler Rennison and Kara Klein

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