First Woman to Lead the United States Coast Guard Academy


Admiral Sandra Leigh Stosz

For the first time in history The Coast Guard has chosen a woman to lead the academy in Connecticut. Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz will be the first female superintendent of the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Stosz will take over when classes open next summer. Adm. Bob Papp, commandant of the Coast Guard, said in a statement "We are extremely proud to be the first service with a woman at the helm of our academy. "

This would not be the first time the Coast Guard Academy broke the gender barrier.  In 1976 it was also the first among the service academies to admit women.

“I am humbled by the prospect of taking over such an important position in our service and honored to be following Rear Adm. Burhoe,” said Stosz.

We here at SheHeroes applaud the Coast Guard and Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz for breaking this barrier and helping inspiring girls everywhere.

You can learn more about the history of women in the Coast Guard here.

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