County Executive Steve Schuh Proclaims March 22nd “Women in United States Service Academies Day”
“Our service academies, the Naval Academy in particular, have become a cradle of leadership for women across our nation,” said Schuh. “Every day, the brave women these institutions have produced protect our nation from the evils of the world. They serve our country with honor and distinction.”
In October, 1975, President Gerald Ford signed a bill which included a mandate stating that the United States’ military academies were to begin admitting women in the fall of 1976. On July 6, 1976, the Class of 1980 arrived here in Annapolis on Induction Day. Fifty-five women graduated from that class.
The ceremony took place at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, and recognized several members of that inaugural Academy class of 1980.