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Somewhere in my heart I would like to believe that I am a strong and disciplined woman Sometimes that is true more often it is half-true and then there are the days when it is a lie But people are dimensional and complex which often makes it fun to watch them The truth is in humanity there are many stories to be caught but the ones that got away - they make the best stories of all The story of GI Jane begins in the male dominated world of the Navy Lieutenant Jordan ONeil played by Demi Moore The opportunity comes to be the first woman to train to be a SEAL she decides it is her only option to advance The carrot comes in the person of Senator Lillian DeHaven played by Anne Bancroft who has an agenda of her own DeHaven chairperson of the Armed Services Committee has been bashing heads with the male-dominated and liking-it-that-way top brass over the appointment of Secretary of Defense and she decides it is a good time to get what she wants - an integrated fighting force Blackmailed and certain that no woman would ever succeed the brass agrees to a test case and Lieutenant ONeil is sent on her way Unaware that she is the political pawn of a feminist Senator Jordan ONeill agrees to become the first woman to train with the elite fighting force If Jordan succeeds then she will strike a blow for the idea of women in combat but no one expects or even really wants her to succeed Jordan appearing as masculine as possible bravely endures humiliation ridicule sabotage and physical torture to prove she can do it ONeil suffers each of these indignities and even shaves her hair to escape its encumbrance ONeil finds herself fighting for respect and survival among the officers the fellow trainees and the world it seems To make
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