1976 July 6

First Women Enroll at Annapolis


U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis inducted the first female midshipmen on this day. A total of 81 were admitted in this first group. The first women graduated in May 1980.

Other important events in the gender integration of the Navy was the decision to allow women to serve on submarines, on April 29, 2010, and the January 24, 2013, Pentagon decision to allow women in all the armed services to serve in combat positions.

Watch a 1984 news story on the women at Annapolis:

Learn more at the Navy’s FAQs about women: http://www.navy.com/inside/winr/faqs.html

Learn more: Evelyn Monahan and Rosemary Neidel Greenlee, A Few Good Women: America’s Military Women from World War I to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (2010)

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