Breaking Barriers

My new story at is about Lynise Wright, one of the first women allowed in West Point, and Capt.  Lauran Glover, first woman drill team leader in the Army.

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Here is an excerpt:

Wright’s contributions to the military helped to pave the way for Glover and other female service members to enter the military with greater opportunities.

Glover joined the military after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Findlay in Ohio. She said she wanted an opportunity to serve.

“I wanted to work with military personnel, not necessarily be a practitioner in the military,” she said.

She graduated from Officer Training School in 2012. Two years later, she became the first woman commander of The U.S. Army Drill Team.

Glover’s experience of discrimination mirrors that of Wright, but like her, she hasn’t allowed it to slow her down. She said she is proud to walk in the steps of those African-American women who served their country against all the odds.

Glover said she remembered a time when an older African-American woman hugged her and whispered in her ear, “this is why we sat on those buses.”

“I’m assuming she was sharing her experience during the Civil Rights Movement,” said Glover. “All I could do was thank her. Without her and others like her, there would be no me.”

The Pentagram asked Glover if she had any advice to give to younger African-American women, and women in general, who would like to join the military.

“The military is not easy, but serving is worth it,” she said. “You’ll grow as a person, and what you do will matter. Being in the Army has been the hardest thing I’ve done in my life—but it’s also the most rewarding.”


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