Jan 20

Ladies Wear the Blue

Thursday, January 20, 2011 9:57 PM


This 1974 Navy documentary celebrates the history of women in the Navy. Part 1 includes a lengthy interview with Captain Joy Bright Hancock, USN, a veteran of both world wars, as well as footage of women during during the first half of the 20th century. Part 2 looks at the further integration of women into the Navy during the Cold War, and includes interviews with the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, and Admiral Alene Duerk, the first woman appointed to flag rank. It also includes candid interviews with sailors on both sides of the issue in 1974, and footage from “Boot Camp,” Recruit Training Command, Naval Training Center Orlando. Part 3 concludes the film by introducing women serving throughout the Navy in 1974, including a singer in the U.S. Navy Band, a lawyer, and a plastic surgeon. It includes an interview with LTJG Judith Neuffer, the first woman to solo a Navy aircraft.

Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section Box UA.