(Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — On Aug. 26, we commemorate Women’s Equality Day and celebrate the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which enshrines women’s right to vote. The passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, is a result of the courage and determination of those who challenged the nation to achieve our founding principles.

The demand for women's suffrage in this country first gained strength in the 1840s. In 1848, the first women's rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York, led by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The call for voting rights was further amplified in World War I, as women entered the workplace to fill jobs formerly held by men who were engaged in the war. President Woodrow Wilson supported the passage of the 19th Amendment, telling the U.S. Congress in 1918, “…democracy means that women will play their part in affairs alongside men and upon equal footing with them.”

Women have served since the Revolutionary War and are an essential part of the military today. They serve in all career fields; their achievements and their presence make the military and Fort Leonard Wood stronger.

Our military has eliminated barriers to service, and we are committed to treating every person with dignity and respect.

We are very proud to serve with you.

Victory Starts Here — Victory Through Skill!