By Staff Sgt. Tanya Thomas, 4th AAB, 3rd ID, USD-C Public AffairsSeptember 2, 2010
CAMP RAMADI, Iraq - Soldiers with 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, United States Division-Center, paid tribute to women whose efforts helped pave the way for other women today during an equal opportunity observance program, Aug. 26.
The observance, at the Ramadi Event Center, celebrated the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.
"The women's rights movement started with ordinary women wanting the same rights that their husbands had - the right to vote and to help create the laws they had to live by," said Sgt. 1st Class Sundi Ganaway, with 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th AAB. "These ordinary women became extraordinary in their accomplishments. They persevered through many things, to include being thrown in jail, in order to ensure we, as women, were granted the right to vote. In doing so, they opened up the doors for other women."
During the observance, female Soldiers assigned to 4th AAB gave audience members a glimpse of those efforts with a theatrical performance highlighting the accomplishments of Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul and Helen Wyatt Snapp.
"Because these women worked deliberately and continuously to create a better world, I am empowered, inspired and motivated to take charge of my own destiny and continue to celebrate the right to vote while honoring the strength of a woman," said Sgt. Latina Brown, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th AAB.
First Sergeant Valerie Cleary, first sergeant of Company B, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th AAB, and guest speaker at the event, talked about several achievements women have made-from Margaret Corbin, who was the first female to receive recognition for heroism on the battlefield in 1779, to Pfc. Kia Lester, a combat medic currently assigned to BSTB, 4th AAB, who helped provide medical assistance to fellow Soldiers whose vehicle was recently hit by an RKG-3 (grenade).
First Sergeant Cleary said the legacy of female pioneers in the past lives on through the lives of many today.