USAHC-SB celebrates women's equality
August 29, 2012
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- The staff at U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks held a Women's Equality Month observance, Aug. 24, here.
In 1971, August 26 was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, allowing women the right to vote. Since then, the observance serves as a reminder of women's continuing efforts toward full equality.
The health clinic's celebration focused on important dates and achievements in history that dealt with women's equality, but guest speaker Capt. Meegan Henson, chief, Logistics, USAHC-SB, concentrated her comments on the suffrage movement and the right to vote.
Henson is one of USAHC-SB's voting assistance representatives and has been utilizing her voice to encourage staff to vote this election season.
"I have never done anything crazy and have never been involved in any protests for women's rights, or burned anything I might need to wear later," Henson said with a laugh. "What I am here to do … is educate (everyone) on our right … and our privilege to vote. So many Americans take our privilege for granted."
Americans have the right to vote and neither race nor gender is a discriminator. Henson reminded staff that it is important to take advantage of voting privileges, as many other countries, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, do not give women this right.
"The American Women's Suffrage Movement stands as a lasting affirmation of our country's democratic promise," Henson said. "It re-emphasizes the importance of the most fundamental democratic value; the right to vote."
Col. Mary Krueger, commander, USAHC-SB, gave final remarks, discussed motivators and qualities needed to accomplish great achievements, and highlighted important women in Army history who have accomplished great feats.
"While winning the right to vote was a great victory, … (we must) ask ourselves what elements were in place that allowed them to win that right to vote and how can we apply that to what we do here every day at the Schofield Barracks' health clinic?" Krueger asked. "When I hear about significant events like women winning the right to vote, especially those due to the actions of everyday people, I ask myself, 'what made them engaged?' What causes people to engage at a higher level?
"I would challenge you today to ask if there is anything in your areas that needs to be changed or challenged, either in your personal or professional life," Krueger added. "And if you identify (any areas), how are you going to engage to make that change?"