CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 16, 1976
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(Studio) Next summer, women can prepare for nil. careers at West Point, Annapolis and Air Force Academy.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(West Point, New York) West Point film shown. Academy has been all male for 174 years Physical training rough. 60 female volunteers tested to see if they could endure training. [Physical education teacher Dr. James PETERSON - says women accomplish in between what chauvinists and feminists say they can do.] [Physical education teacher Sue PETERSON - says women don't have same upper-body strength as men. Modifications will be made in that area.] Women will be eliminated from body contact sports; they'll be taught unarmed self-defense. Living requirements noted. Ethics committee studies moral rules as possibility. [Project volunteer Brenda ZACHARY - says women can make it through West Point if physically able.] [Project volunteer Claire KIRBY - says main problem is lack of physical training.] Academy won't lower standards but will modify regulations according to physical differences.
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick
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