RIA observes Women's Equality Day with satirical performance
August 30, 2012
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- A member of The East Lynne Theatre Company of Cape May, N.J., performed "Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire" as part of the Women's Equality Day Observance at the Arsenal Island Clubhouse Aug. 24.
Aug. 26 was the 92nd anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote and hold elective office.
Michele LaRue, a Chicago native who now resides in New Jersey, delighted the audience with her satirical monologue as she portrayed herself as a female pro-suffragist in the early 1900s.
Following the performance, LaRue explained the satire in its historical context.
Additionally, the long career of Bernice Jones, former RIA employee, was honored.
Jones worked her way up at the Arsenal beginning her career in Box Factory No. 299 in 1942, earning 75 cents an hour.
In 1960, she worked as a janitor, and then she advanced to become the Arsenal's first Race Relations and Equal Opportunity Specialist.
From 1981 to 1989, Jones worked as the federal women's program manager, the black employment manager, and the complaints manager in the Equal Opportunity Office, retiring in 1989.
As the complaint manager, Jones had the highest rate of resolutions and served for the U.S. Army Appellate Review Board in St. Louis, Mo., where she negotiated and arbitrated various management contracts.
Jones said she frequently told fellow employees her mantra was "from mop to top."
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Chuck Rizer, Army Sustainment Command, gave the invocation and Staff Sgt. Tarence Jenkins, ASC G-6 (Information Management) read the presidential proclamation.
Jenkins also gave opening remarks, and closing remarks were given by Col. Scott Lofreddo, ASC chief of staff.