ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- It's 2018, but the gender equality conversation continues, with women still facing obstacles in the workplace.

The best way to combat sexism and inequality is by moving the conversation forward and highlighting why gender equality is important for everyone, not just women.

The World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report finds gender parity is over 200 years away, thus there has never been a more important time to become motivated and press for the continued progress of women.

In the wake of global activism for women's equality, fueled by movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, there is a strong global momentum striving for gender equality.

And while we know that gender parity will not reach fruition overnight, across the world women are making positive strides every single day.

While global strides are necessary, it is just as important to recognize the progression of women within our local organizational community.

Women comprise 50.8 percent of the United States population and 19.5 percent of the workforce at Anniston Army Depot.

Women are present, from the shop floor to the director's chair.

In its 77 years of existence, Anniston Army Depot, has witnessed two women commanders, one female sergeant major, five women serve as directors, seven women serve as staff office chiefs and exponential growth in the presence of women at the division and branch levels of management.

These women are trailblazers in progressing gender equality at ANAD.

In the words of retired Gen. Ann Dunwoody, the first woman in U.S. military and uniformed service history to achieve a four-star officer rank, they made, "believers out of the unbelievers."

Although there is still much work to be done, the leadership of ANAD is supportive of the progression of women in the workforce and continues to foster an environment for advocacy and activism.

This is not the time to become complacent.

Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and implement programs and initiatives for organizational gender equality.

There is a strong call to motivate and unite colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

Women's equality is more than just a luncheon, its movement embodies all groups, collectively, everywhere.

Together, let's be tenacious in accelerating gender parity.

Collectively, let's all Press for Progress.

The ANAD Women's Equality Luncheon, hosted by the Directorate of Information Management, will be held Aug. 30 at 11:30 a.m. in the Berman-Varner House.

Tickets cost $8. Please see your directorate office to purchase.

Ticket sales will conclude Aug. 20.

References:
• The key to closing the gender gap? Putting more women in charge from the World Economic Forum www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/11/women-leaders-key-to-workplace-equality

• "Quick facts United States" (2017) from the U.S. Census Bureau www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/US/PST045217


LUNCHEON SCHEDULED

Anniston Army Depot's Women's Equality Luncheon will be held Aug. 30 at 11:30 a.m. in the Berman-Varner House.

Please see your directorate office to purchase tickets.

The cost is $8 and ticket sales will conclude Aug. 20.

Alberta Freeman is scheduled to speak at the event.

Freeman worked at ANAD from 1979-2010.

She began her depot career as a temporary supply technician. Less than a year later, she was accepted into an automated data processing internship and she climbed the technology career ladder from there to become director of Information Management in 2000.