Group of Female Rhodes Scholars Make History at West Point

Holland Pratt, Hannah Blakey, Krista Flinkstrom and Veronica Lucian are a sisterhood in scholarship and service. They’re also the future of the U.S. Army.

The West Point cadets were selected to become Rhodes Scholars, breaking the school’s record for the number of women chosen in one year for the prestigious scholarship to study at Oxford. They are also making history as West Point’s first group of scholars to all be women.

“I think women today feel more empowered in the military than they ever have,” Pratt told CBS News. “And that’s the hard work of the legacy of women who have come before us.”

Blakey said it’s “incredibly important” for younger cadets to see four women win the Rhodes Scholarship.

“One of the new cadets came to me … and she said, ‘You know, I come from a place where nobody thought that I could do it.’ And she had a teacher in high school tell her, ‘Girls like you don’t go to places like that.’ And she looked at me and she said, ‘But ma’am, seeing you in this position, seeing you doing a good job makes me believe that I belong here,'” Blakey told CBS News.

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SOURCE: CBS News, Norah O’Donnell