Rogena Harris and Janice Farringer

Women in the

Military Project


 My Women in the Military Project Preserves

Your Stories

For the last seven years I have been collecting oral histories of women who served in the military during any or all of the transition years 1976-1983. The project grew out of my being a co-chair of  a Women's Symposium for the Army's VII Corps in Germany in 1979. I was a JAG Captain at the time.

I have interviewed women of all services and ranks except the Coast Guard. The thread that is apparent is that the women were viewed then as sort of non-soldiers or not-one-of-us soldiers by some of their peers. As we recall, the late 1970s were a time of great change and the second wave of feminism was at its height. The Pentagon was intent on getting women recruited and in place and some soldiers were intent on thwarting that. I am interested in how the services handled this sea change from the standpoint of the women. I have also interviewed Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf and Gen. Julius Becton because they were policy makers during that period.

If you would like to participate in my project and do a telephone inteview at your convenience, please contact me here or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ." You will get a CD of your interview to keep. If you decide after the interview not to grant me a release to use the material, I won't use it but you have the CD to do with as you like. Thank you so much. I hope to talk with you soon.