|Thank you to all those who support us and allow us to move towards greater integration of women in the military, as well as providing activities for cadets and officers to learn through shared experiences, lectures, and discussions. We would especially like to thank the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation which has supported the Margaret Corbin Forum since our foundation.
U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith was born in Skowhegan, Maine and was the first woman elected to both houses of Congress. Senator Smith came to national attention on June 1, 1950, when she became the first member of the Senate to denounce the tactics used by colleague Joseph McCarthy in his anticommunist crusade in her Declaration of Conscience speech. She was the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for presidency by either of the two major parties. After four terms in the Senate and thirty-two years in Congress, Senator Smith retired in 1972.
West Point women are Margaret Chase Smith’s living legacy. Women are enrolled at West Point today thanks to her efforts championing permanent status for women in the Armed Forces. In 1948, led by Senator Smith, the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act was passed, allowing women permanent, regular status. Margaret Chase Smith was a great woman of honor, integrity, strength and a great leader. Senator Smith’s significant achievements as a leader, while maintaining her femininity, encourage and support women to stand tall for what they believe in, while remaining true to themselves as women.
Margaret Chase Smith visits Camp Lejeune, NC.