Women in Military Honored at Athena Conference
In 1976 women were admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy for the first time and began to be integrated into the Brigade of Midshipmen. The trailblazers who arrived for that historic Induction Day would confirm that ability, not gender, determines what makes a good leader. Several members of that pioneering class were on hand for the U.S. Naval Institute’s 2016 Naval History Conference held 8–9 September at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Titled “The Athena Conference: Heroines of the Past, Present, and Future,” the event brought together prominent women from many fields to share the challenges they faced and the keys to their success. The event and the 2016 Naval History Essay Contest were made possible by a generous grant from the William M. Wood Foundation.