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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 culmination of gender equality litigation in the twentieth century.
Women in the Barracks is a case study that combines both legal and cultural history, reviewing the long history of male elitism in the military as it explores how new ideas about gender equality have developed in the United States. It is an engrossing story of change versus tradition, clear and accessible for general readers yet highly instructive and valuable for students and scholars.
"Fascinating and beautifully written. Women in the Barracks is far more than a case study of a lawsuit. It offers unique insights into the evolution of gender roles in modern and postmodern America." LINDA GRANT DE PAUW, AUTHOR OF BATTLE CRIES AND LULLABIES: WOMEN IN WAR FROM PREHISTORY TO THE PRESENT "An 'inside story' full of rich detail that illuminates both VMI's institutional history and one important strand in the modern women's movement." KENNETH L. KARST, AUTHOR OF LAW'S PROMISE, LAW'S EXPRESSION: VISIONS OF POWER IN THE POLITICS OF RACE, GENDER, AND RELIGION "A generous-spirited, thoughtful, and thorough book that helps us think about the meanings of military traditions and the military choices we make in our own time." LINDA K. KERBER, AUTHOR OF NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO BE LADIES: WOMEN AND THE OBLIGATIONS OF CITIZENSHIP
|Introduction: A Fantasy and a True Story||p. 1|
|A Crowd of Honorable Youths||p. 3|
|From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Era||p. 22|
|Brother Rat||p. 36|
|The Advocate||p. 53|
|Women Making Laws for Women - and Men||p. 68|
|Birth of a Lawsuit||p. 84|
|GI Joe and GI Jane||p. 107|
|The Lady and the Soldier||p. 124|
|In Judge Kiser's Court||p. 139|
|If Women Were Rats||p. 155|
|The Judge and the Drummer||p. 173|
|In a Higher Court||p. 183|
|In a Different Voice||p. 200|
|Back in Judge Kiser's Court||p. 210|
|The Fife and the Drum, Separate but Equal||p. 227|
|Anticipating the Justices||p. 243|
|Other Voices||p. 255|
|Speaking to the Nation's Highest Court||p. 266|
|The High Court Replies||p. 281|
|Bringing Women into the Choir||p. 297|
|The Fife and the Drum, Together at Last||p. 312|
|Selected Bibliography||p. 395|
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Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st January 2002
Publisher: UNIV PR OF KANSAS
Dimensions (cm): 23.978 x 16.053 x 3.886
Weight (kg): 0.907