At the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) where women comprise just six percent of 1,324 cadets, the school's first women's soccer team (and first women's sports team) is standing strong. Facing obstacles like a 15 percent drop out rate among female first-year cadets, ten of the 11 players have pledged to continue riding out a rough year. "We all miss home," the players told Coach Julie Davis, according to The Washington Post. "We're all scared, but we're not running away."
The team members are aiming to raise VMI's representation of women closer to 10 percent, towards compliance with Title IX regulations. In 1996, the Supreme Court—- ordering that women be admitted to the institution—- established 10 percent women's enrollment as "a sufficient 'critical mass' to provide the female cadets with a positive educational experience," reported the Post.
Media Resources: Washington Post 10/22/03; VMI 6/1996; Feminist Daily New Wire
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .