May 22, 1995 |
ABC tonight airs a moderately good movie recounting the scandalous Tailhook incident that found chopper pilot Paula Coughlin going public with charges of being sexually mauled by many of her male naval colleagues at a 1991 convention in Las Vegas. Tailhook was a wake-up call. Early derision of Hillary Rodham Clinton's prominent policy role in her husband's White House also suggests that, in their struggle for full equality, U.S. women are still pushing a heavy boulder up a steep hill.
May 21, 1995 |
Gail O'Grady used to wear baggy clothes so people would take her seriously as an actress. "I used to have a manager who used to say you got to wear tight clothes if you want the job," she recalls. "I don't want those kinds of parts." So she stuck to her beliefs and now feels "like I am getting what I want, which is to play intelligent women. I feel like I'm on a roll playing strong women."
May 19, 1995 |
I was sitting on the train reading "Tailspin: Women at War in the Wake of Tailhook" when my attention was drawn to a pair of young men who were guffawing at the book's title and mimicking, with outstretched hands, the groping that sparked the Tailhook scandal. Predictably enough, I frowned and turned away disgusted. Equally predictable was their laughter; as they exited the train a few stops later, one of them yelled out, "Long live the gantlet!"
May 11, 1995 |
The 1991 sexual assault of a female Navy officer by drunken naval aviators in a Las Vegas hotel hallway raised the collective eyebrows of a nation. It did not, however, shock Martha (Marty) Humphreys. The revelations of "Tailhook," the scandal that shook the Navy to its core, were nothing Humphreys had not been privy to during her nearly 30 years of marriage to a Navy flyer.
September 9, 1994 |
Paula Coughlin, the Navy lieutenant who first disclosed the sexual harassment that occurred at the 1991 Tailhook convention, reached an out-of-court settlement Thursday in her lawsuit against the association that sponsored the annual affair. Her suit against the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, however, was still scheduled to come to trial Monday. If it does, it will be the first public airing of exactly what happened that night.
April 15, 1994 |
The Senate Armed Services Committee recommended Thursday that Adm. Frank B. Kelso II, the Navy's top officer, be allowed to retire as a full admiral despite damage done to his record by the Tailhook scandal. In a 20-2 vote, the committee recommended to the full Senate that Kelso retire at four-star rank, as recommended by President Clinton. If the Senate accepts the recommendation, Kelso would retire with an annual pension of $84,340.