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CDR Frances Biadasz

Cmdr. Frances Biadasz became NPS’ only, and likely first, female instructor in 1963, teaching courses in International Relations and International Communism. Biadasz had a remarkable naval career filled with firsts. In 1958, she worked as Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Arleigh A. Burke. Later that same year, Biadasz received her PhD in International Relations from Georgetown University and earned Georgetown’s “Gold Key,” its highest academic honor. In the picture above, Biadasz presents mentor Burke with her Gold Key as a token of her appreciation for his “long and consistent support of graduate instruction for naval officers in the field of International Relations”.

Read a full interview with Cmdr. Biadasz in “The Classmate” available in Calhoun, the NPS Archive.

November 2015 by Irene Berry


NPS Trailblazers

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Women at War
Ritchie, Elspeth Cameron ; Naclerio, Anne L 2015
It's My Country Too:Women’s Military Stories from American Revolution to Afghanistan
Bell, Jerri ; Crow, Tracy ; Williams, Kayla; Jerri Bell ; Tracy Crow 2017
Moving beyond G.I. Jane: Women and the U.S. Military
Zeigler, Sara L.; Gunderson, Gregory G. 2005


Other Interesting Resources

Allen, Stefanie V.
Female Officer Retention in the Marine Corps:An Exploratory Study of Early Supervisors and Mentors. 2018. Master’s thesis.

Baral, Bhumi Bhakta.
Integrating Women in the Armed Forces: Two Ways Forward. 2018. Master’s thesis.

Ceralde, Clinton T. and Christopher S. Czepiel.
Maximizing Female Retention in the Navy. 2014. Master’s thesis. Outstanding Thesis Award

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