Women's Equality Day: U.S. Army Pays Tribute To the Women Soldiers and Civilians

Wednesday August 26, 2009

What is it?

August 26 of each year is designated in the United States as Women's Equality Day. Instituted by Rep. Bella Abzug and first established in 1971, the date commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Woman Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave U.S. women full voting rights in 1920.

What has the Army done?

A tri-signed letter was signed by the secretary of the Army, the chief of staff and the sergeant major of the Army on August 19, 2009 recognizing Women's Equality Day and the contributions made by women to the Department of the Army. Many equal opportunity and equal employment opportunity offices throughout the U.S. Army have planned events in recognition of Women's Equality Day. Locally, on August 26, Fort Myer will host a 5K run, with remarks provided by Col. Richardson, the garrison commander. Also, on August 20, 2009, U.S. Army Human Resources Command featured Ms. Joyce E. Morrow, administrative assistant to the secretary of the Army, who provided an overview of the Senior Executive Services Program.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Department of the Army has on-going critical programs that work to improve the status of women. Two programs are the Federal Women's Program (FWP) and Women in the Army (WITA). FWP is an integral resource in identifying problems and recommending solutions that eliminate discrimination and the under representation of women within the Army. The mission of WITA is to enhance the readiness of the Army through the development and implementation of assignment policy for women within congressional mandates, Department of Defense guidance and Army force structure projections while ensuring opportunities for service and promotion.

Why is this important to the Army?

As this is the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer, we pay particular tribute to our female corporals and sergeants who exemplify courage. The role of the Army has changed and evolved tremendously throughout the years. Female Soldiers are strong, patriotic individuals who have served as leaders, role models and mentors. Women continue to break barriers on the battlefields and in every environment where the military serves.


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Senior Leader Tri-signed letter

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2009 Commemorations :

Year of the NCO

Year of the Military Family

100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

August 2009

August 26: Women's Equality Day : See Women in the Army Web page

September 2009

National Preparedness Month

Sept. 11: Patriot Day

Sept. 15 - Oct. 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month

Sept. 18: POW/MIA Recognition Day


"Throughout the history of the U.S. Army, women have answered their country's call to serve. August 26 is Women's Equality Day. On this day, our Nation honors the dedication and determination of those who helped secure women's suffrage."

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Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"Our female Soldiers do much more than just open the eyes of our citizens about the capability of women in the Armed Forces and role modeling for our nation. We have the chance to affect how others in this world view our country through our service to and with them on tough assignments. We can't measure how much change we might be part of when other nations acknowledge we are effective in our role as military women. We bring a distinct perspective to those countries who have limited the contributions of their own women. We demonstrate how positive it is to use all your nation's assets to be wildly successful."

- Command Sgt. Maj. Debra Strickland, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management

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