Writing Women Back into History
April 6, 2010
- More than 150 people attended the Wrangler Brigade event.
- "My father, grandfathers, uncles, and brother all served, but I am the first female."
- "Many women's achievements have been excluded and unnoticed in the history books."
FORT HOOD, Texas - At a gathering that had more men in attendance than women, Soldiers from the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), spent their lunch hour in the Club Hood ballroom celebrating the 30th anniversary of Women's History Month Mar. 30.
Sgt. 1st Class Tamara Shelton, the Wrangler Brigade equal opportunity advisor, helped organize the event which attracted more than 150 people.
The theme of the day was "Writing Women Back into History," and the guest speaker, Sgt. Maj. Carrie R. Glover, talked about several influential women in American history at the luncheon.
"Many women's achievements have been excluded and unnoticed in the history books," said Glover. "But today I'm going to highlight some of those for you."
Glover is the deputy commandant for the III Corps NCO Academy, and she is also the first woman to serve in the military in her family.
"I come from a family with a deep tradition of serving our country," she said. "My father, grandfathers, uncles, and brother all served, but I am the first female. Maybe my daughter will continue that tradition."
As she held her captive audience, Glover told stories of inspiring women such as Maria Mitchell - the first female professional astronomer and the first female faculty member at Vassar College. She also talked about Shirley Chisolm - a young woman who took Eleanor Roosevelt's advice as a child and never let anyone stand in her way. Chisholm was the first woman to serve in the U.S. Congress.
"Women like these are groundbreakers," Glover said. "They never let anyone tell them they couldn't accomplish their dreams or that being a woman hindered them in any way."
"Today when we search the internet for the words women + history + month, we find more than 40,000 citations," she said. "These extraordinary numbers give testimony to the tireless work of thousands of individuals, organizations, and institutions that helped write women back into history."