Area IV Celebrates Women’s Equality Day
Camp Henry, Korea (August 26, 2016) - Service Members, families, and friends of Area IV joined in celebrating Women’s Equality Day at the Camp Henry Theater.
Hosted by the 188th Military Police Company, the event commemorated the 96th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. Those in attendance were treated to visual displays, video presentations, and speeches given by guest speakers.
“The observance promotes the understanding we are moving towards a future where everyone is treated equally,” said Second Lieutenant Terrell Patrick, 188th Military Police Company.
Currently, 15% of all Department of Defense Active Duty personnel are women. Following the Secretary of Defense directed full integration of women, all military positions are now open to women.
“Equality has come a long way in the United States and the Armed Forces,” said Sergeant Major Veronica Knapp, United States Regional Correctional Facility-Korea, “I am proud to serve a nation that believes we are all entitled to equal treatment.”
Since 1971, the U.S. Congress has designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day. The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The observance has grown to call attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.
“As a professional military we are a part of a very diverse organization, that is open to anyone who wants to volunteer their service,” said Patrick, “having such a diversity within the ranks can have a huge positive impact on unit cohesion.”
In his Presidential proclamation President Barrack Obama spoke of the advancements that society has made and urges to continue progress towards equality for women.
“Today, young women in America grow up knowing an historic truth -- that not only can they cast a vote, but they can also run for office and help shape the very democracy that once left them out.”
For more information about Women’s Equality Day, please visit the National Women’s History Project at http://www.nwhp.org/resourcecenter/equalityday.php.