The Nation: Dames at Sea

When Admiral Elmo Zumwalt announced two weeks ago that the largest barnacle yet was going to fall from his Navy, modest cheers greeted the news. But the cheers may have been premature. Anticipating the eventual adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, the Chief of Naval Operations decreed that women personnel will follow beards as an innovation aboard U.S. ships. Since federal law now forbids the presence of women aboard all but hospital ships and transports, Zumwalt chose as his pilot project the hospital ship Sanctuary, currently in drydock; 26 Navy women are slated to join the ship before...

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