School of Nursing Centennial

April 24, 2018

Nurses in the Military

Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer

Fought the Army’s discriminatory policies

Margarethe Cammermeyer served as a nurse in the Army Reserves. In 1989, she was discharged from the service after she disclosed during background checks that she was a lesbian. Cammermeyer sued the federal government over this dismissal. Her case resulted in the implementation of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and she continues to fight for the rights of LGBTQ individuals in the military. Amidst all of this, Cammermeyer completed a PhD in nursing and has contributed to dozens of research publications in the field of neuroscience.


Masters (1976), PhD (1991)


Alumni, Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame

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