The first woman ever to head the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point was appointed this month. She’s a US Coast Guard Rear Admiral with a history of advocating for women’s rights in the maritime industry. She’s part of a wave of change in an industry that historically has not been welcoming to women. We’ll look at her story and compare it to the story of a famous Astorian, a woman who blazed trails in the maritime industry, but not without overcoming considerable hurdles.