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In June 2001, there was a decidedly new look to the graduating class at Virginia Military Institute. For the first time ever, the line of graduates who received their degrees at the "West Point of the South" included women who had spent four years at … weiterlesen
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Titel: Women in the Barracks: The VMI Case and Equal Rights
Autor/en: Philippa Strum

ISBN: 0700613366
EAN: 9780700613366
Sprache: Englisch.
UNIV PR OF KANSAS

April 2002 - kartoniert - 428 Seiten

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In June 2001, there was a decidedly new look to the graduating class at Virginia Military Institute. For the first time ever, the line of graduates who received their degrees at the "West Point of the South" included women who had spent four years at VMI.For 150 years, VMI had operated as a revered, state-funded institution -- an amalgam of Southern history, military tradition, and male bonding rituals -- and throughout that long history, no one had ever questioned the fact that only males were admitted. Then in 1989 a female applicant complained of discrimination to the Justice Department, which brought suit the following year to integrate women into VMI.Philippa Strum traces the origins of this landmark case back to VMI'S founding, its evolution over fifteen decades, and through competing notions about women's proper place. Unlike most works on women in military institutions, this one also provides a complete legal history -- from the initial complaint to final resolution in United States v. Virginia -- and shows how the Supreme Court's ruling against VMI reflected changing societal ideas about gender roles.At the heart of the VMI case was the "rat line": a ritualized form of hazing geared toward instilling male solidarity. VMI claimed that its system of toughening individuals for leadership was even more stringent than military service and that the system would be destroyed if the Institute were forced to accommodate women.Strum interviewed lawyers from Justice and VMI, heads of concerned women's groups, and VMI administrators, faculty, and cadets to reconstruct the arguments in this important case. She was granted interviews with both Justice Ginsburg, author of themajority opinion, and Justice Scalia, the lone dissenter on the bench, and meticulously analyzes both viewpoints. She shows how Ginsburg's opinion not only articulated a new constitutional standard for institutions accused of gender discrimination but also represented the culmi

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Philippa Strum is director of United States Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Among her numerous books are When the Nazis Came to Skokie: Freedom for the Speech We Hate (see page 50) and Privacy: The Debate in the United States Since 1945.
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