Observance celebrates women's past, present achievements
Brig. Gen. Donald MacWillie, 1st Inf. Div. deputy commanding general for support, presents a certificate of appreciation to Lt. Col. Robyn Deatherage, support operations officer, 1st Sust. Bde. and guest speaker for the Women's History Month Observance March 21 at Riley's Conference Center, Fort Riley, Kan. Deatherage honored many influential women throughout history and discussed the significant contributions women have made, and continue to make, to society.

FORT RILEY, Kan. -- The achievements of women past and present were celebrated at the Women's History Month Observance, a free event and open to the public, March 21 at Riley's Conference Center.

Guest speaker Lt. Col. Robyn R. Deatherage, support operations officer in charge, 1st Sustainment Brigade, addressed the importance of women's education and empowerment.

Deatherage focused on influential women from American history who had a positive influence on the lives of women and people today. Some key historical figures mentioned by Deatherage included Juliette Gordon Lowe, the founder of the Girl Scouts; Francis Perkins, a strong advocate for labor rights during the Great Depression; and Sally Ride, the first woman to orbit the earth. Other notable key figures mentioned were Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart and Annie Oakley.

Although many of these women are famous for their achievements, Deatherage said one does not have to be famous to make a difference.

"You just have to have heart, perseverance and the caring and desire to help your fellow human beings," she said.

Opportunities to make a difference are everywhere in America and across the globe, Deatherage said.

Deatherage concluded her speech encouraging those in the audience to continue to do their part in humanity just as those in history.

"I challenge everyone here today, and not just women, to take a hard look at the world around you, and think 'what can I do to make it better?' and strive to make it happen," Deatherage said.

Following her presentation, Deatherage received a certificate of appreciation from Brig. Gen. MacWillie, 1st Infantry Division deputy commanding general for support.

"They always do a fabulous job giving honor to women's history," said Carla Nwoga, attendee at the event and a military spouse.

Entertainment was provided by the 1st Inf. Div. Combo Jazz Band, and a food sampling was provided for attendees at the event as well.

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