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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on August 26, 1920, ensuring women’s right to vote. This historic act was made possible by the courage and determination of countless women, who challenged the status quo. This is why, on Saturday, we will observe Women’s Equality Day.

On Women’s Equality Day, we recognize the importance of equality for every member of our team. We also celebrate exceptional women, past and present, who have served, or who have turned adversity into opportunity to help others — every person — be all we can be.

Today, women make up nearly 38 percent of the Army civilian workforce and 19 percent of the total U.S. Army military force. We appreciate the leadership and example set by the 72 women general officers, 96 chief warrant officers five, and 810 sergeants major across the force, along with dozens of senior executive service members. We are proud to serve with them, along with thousands of women they represent at echelon across the force.

Our Army vows to treat every person with dignity and respect; to provide equal footing; and to afford every individual the opportunity to maximize their potential. With a willingness to serve and to live our values, every person on our team brings unique perspectives and backgrounds that make our total force stronger.

Victory Starts Here — Victory Through Skill!

Be All You Can Be!