Bidwell, first female commander of 3rd Infantry Regiment, speaks on her leadership experience

By Eric S. Bartelt - September 3, 2021
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The U.S. Military Academyʼs Equal Opportunity Office hosted the West Point Womenʼs Equality Day Observance Aug. 26 at Washington Hallʼs Room 5300.

The guest speaker of the event was Maj. Marjana Bidwell (above), a USMA Class of 2007 graduate, who was the first female commander of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment “Old Guard” from 2014-16 (middle left).

Bidwell, who deployed three times, once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan (far right), spoke to the audience of leaving a legacy and “Be the Change.”

Bidwell made the commitment to West Point and to an Army career her senior year of high school in 2001 after 9/11 when her cousin, Linda (top left), died in the Twin Towers in New York City.

From then onward, she has been motivated to be the best officer she can be as she looks to her heroes such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg (bottom left) for inspiration.

(Right) Bidwell receives a gift from Master Sgt. Andrew Baumgartner, USMA Equal Opportunity advisor, for her guest speaking appearance and speech.

Overall, the Women's Equality Day observance celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees all American women the right to vote.                

Photos by Eric S. Bartelt/PV