05.16.2018 (253 Days Ago)

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Sarah Zorn
Sarah Zorn
253 days ago 12 comments Categories: Politics Tags:

You may not know her name, but Sarah Zorn is making history in Charleston, SC- Home to Rhett Butler, a great videography conference I attended, the angel oak, and The Citadel.

The Citadel, established in 1842, had its first female student in 1995. In 2018, it is having its first female Regimental Commander, the top cadet.

From the NY Times: When Sarah Zorn applied for admission to the Citadel four years ago, she had not heard the story of Shannon Faulkner, the first woman to gain full admission to the famed Southern military college.

Ms. Zorn did not know about the two-and-a-half-year legal battle that had forced the college to accept her, or the death threats, or the sexist epithets spray-painted on her parents’ house, or the federal marshals who escorted Ms. Faulkner to campus on her first day as a cadet in 1995, or that she had dropped out a week later.

Angel Oak

This year, uniformed cadets marched for the first time in the Charleston Pride parade, and plaques around campus designate “safe zones” for L.G.B.T. students.

David Days, 20, a junior who will serve next year as Ms. Zorn’s second-in-command, said that he and most other cadets were excited for her, though a small group did not want to be led by a woman.

Those cadets have apparently decided not to broach the topic with the triple black belt. If sexism remains at the Citadel, Ms. Zorn said, she has not experienced it personally.


“I think that women are fully embraced as cadets here,” Ms. Zorn said in an interview. “You hear a lot of times from fellow cadets, and even from alumni, that having women here has even improved the college.”


No doubt about that.

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  •  Fred wrote 253 Days Ago (positive) 
    I think a female cadet tops West Point too.
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  •  SoniaSaleh wrote 253 Days Ago (neutral) 
    I remember my heart breaking for Shannon Faulkner. I remember recently reading about Sharon Zorn. If not for Shannon would there be Sharon?
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  •  MarilynGenoa wrote 253 Days Ago (neutral) 
    Very small continued steps, although positive, much more is needed. Hopefully we are turning a corner, for women and many others as well.
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  •  Benjamin_Geizhals wrote 253 Days Ago (neutral) 
    The legal battle for women to enter VMI is highlighted in the movie RBG. Don't miss the movie!!!!
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  •  Corey_Bearak wrote 252 Days Ago (neutral) 
    a nice story and only the beginning.
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  •  Rona_Gura wrote 251 Days Ago (neutral) 
    A great story for a midweek boost.
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