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Cadet Uniform. 2001.
Gray wool coatee, white polywool skirt, sword, shako with plume.
Courtesy of Virginia Military Institute.
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In August 1997, after almost twenty years of legal battles, Virginia Military Institute, then the last all-male public institution of higher education in the United States, admitted its first women cadets, years after the national service academies had admitted women. Of the twenty-five women who entered VMI in 1997, thirteen graduated in 2001.

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