ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- The depot celebrated Women's Equality Day Aug. 28 at the Berman-Varner House.

Ninety-nine years ago, on Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting American women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive civil rights movement spanning more than seven decades.

Guest speaker Dr. Shannon Weston addressed an audience of more than 150 employees as she elaborated on the movement.

"As we sit here today, in the year 2019, I think we can all acknowledge the fact that we have come a very long way and have opportunities afforded to us due to some very diligent and determined women and men who believed in equality," she said.

Some of these individuals include Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Lucy Stone, Julia Ward Howe, Louisa May Alcott, Frederick Douglass and Senator Aaron Sargent, who introduced the 29 words which became the 19th Amendment.

After reflecting on facts and historical contributions, Weston personalized her message.

"My mother and grandmother, who have both passed on, were inspirations for me. I thank them dearly for the sacrifices they made for me and for instilling in me a set of core values that I cherish and hold dear," she said.

Weston, who is the director of Quality Assurance and the public information officer for the Alabama Department of Youth Services in Montgomery, serves as the agency's grant manager, special projects coordinator and is a national certified trainer for the Mental Health Training for Juvenile Justice Curriculum.

"I can also look across the room and see the many women here who I know have their own stories, she added. "Stories that have proud moments, happy memories and distinctive experiences. But I also know there are stories that include pain, sorrow, and extreme challenges. At the end of the day, all of these stories make us special and unique."

In celebrating Women's Equality Day, the Army recognizes not only the significance of women's contributions, but also the value of diversity and an inclusive environment.


Weston speaks at luncheon honoring Women's Equality
Mark Cleghorn, Anniston Army Depot photographer
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Dr. Shannon Weston speaks to the crowd gathered Aug. 28 at Anniston Army Depot's Berman-Varner House for the Women's Equality Day Luncheon.