Shannon Faulkner (b. c. 1975), U.S. college student. As quoted in the New York Times Magazine, p. 59 (September 11, 1994).
Faulkner was the first woman admitted to The Citadel, a publicly funded, all-male military academy; the admission had been granted accidentally, Citadel staff having been misled by her gender-ambiguous name. At this time, she was fighting for the right to become a full cadet with all attendant responsibilities and opportunities. She won her fight, but decided to leave the academy in August 1995 after falling ill during basic training. Her illness was attributed variously to the extreme heat, great psychological stress, and her apparent deficient physical conditioning.