By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterAugust 22, 2013
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (August 22, 2013) -- Many would argue that a large part of progression is not just about looking forward, but looking back, and Fort Rucker is looking back at what women have accomplished throughout history in order to move into the future.
The Fort Rucker Equal Employment Opportunity Office will host an event to celebrate Women's Equality Day at Bldg. 5700 Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon to highlight not only what women have had to endure through the years, but what they've accomplished on a local and national scale, according to Sgt. 1st Class Jason Garcia, equal opportunity adviser for the 1st Aviation Brigade.
Throughout the day there will be a mini health fair that women can participate in; job application and processing information with resume writing and interviewing tips; videos and static displays set up depicting women's struggles over the past 100 years with posters and biographies of female leaders that work in the local area; and even a Women's Equality Day quiz with prizes to be won.
"We want to highlight the contributions that women have had," said Garcia. "That's the biggest thing -- those significant contributions that (women) give on a day-to-day basis that make a difference for everyone."
Local female Aviation leaders from company commanders and first sergeants will be on hand throughout the day from 9-11 a.m. to provide their biographies and personal accounts of what it's like to be a leader in Army Aviation.
"They will be there to meet the public and talk a little bit about the accomplishments that they've had and what they've done throughout their military career," said the EO adviser. "Most of these women are pilots, work in Aviation maintenance, Aviation operations or air traffic control, that have had careers that span from 5-10 years for the company commanders, and 15-20 years for some of the first sergeants."
This event is also a good opportunity for people to ask questions and have an open dialogue about equality or any issues they might have, Garcia added. People can talk with him or members of the Fort Rucker EEO.
Volunteers from various organizations will also be on hand to give people information about the 19th Amendment, women's suffrage and provide some information about the history of Women's Equality Day.
"There was a significant struggle to get to this point -- we're talking about 72 years to get the right to vote, and all of that work and effort can't go unnoticed," said Garcia "It's not only giving women the right to vote, but giving women equal treatment in all aspects of our society, but I don't think we're there yet."
People also need to come prepared with their thinking caps because there will be a quiz to test people's knowledge on Women's Equality Day and the 19th Amendment, added the EO adviser.
"Everyone needs to study up on their (history), and maybe they can hopefully win some good prizes," he said.