Women in the Barracks : The Vmi Case and Equal Rights

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Women in the Barracks : The Vmi Case and Equal Rights

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 417 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780700611645
  • DDC分類 344.7307980269

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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 VML. 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 the majority 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    vii
Introduction: A Fantasy and a True Story 1 (2)
A Crowd of Honorable Youths 3 (19)
From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Era 22 (14)
Brother Rat 36 (17)
The Advocate 53 (15)
Women Making Laws for Women-and Men 68 (16)
Birth of a Lawsuit 84 (9)
Countersuit 93 (14)
GI Joe and GI Jane 107(17)
The Lady and the Soldier 124(15)
In Judge Kiser's Court 139(16)
If Women Were Rats 155(18)
The Judge and the Drummer 173(10)
In a Higher Court 183(17)
In a Different Voice 200(10)
Back in Judge Kiser's Court 210(17)
The Fife and the Drum, Separate but Equal 227(16)
Anticipating the Justices 243(12)
Other Voices 255(11)
Speaking to the Nation's Highest Court 266(15)
The High Court Replies 281(16)
Bringing Women into the Choir 297(15)
The Fife and the Drum, Together at Last 312(14)
Epilogue 326(3)
Notes 329(66)
Selected Bibliography 395(10)
Index 405