Daegu hosts the Area IV Women's Equality Day

by Intern Lee jo-eun
U.S. Army

USAG DAEGU, South Korea - Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade hosted the Area IV Women's Equality Day Observance August 2, at the Camp Carroll Community Activity Center.

"The acknowledgement of the day women were allowed to vote is important because it changed lives," said Capt. Sharleen Morgan, human resources operations branch officer in charge, 2nd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade.

Soldiers performed vignettes about the prominent people who fought for women's rights. These renditions gave the crowd an opportunity to focus on the history of women's rights and struggles women had to overcome.

"I wanted to go with something different from the traditional observance of a guest speaker," said Morgan. "I encouraged Soldiers to volunteer for something new. I am grateful the audience was pleased and everyone enjoyed my vision."

Highlighted during the observance were Dr. Drew Faust, the first woman President of Harvard University, Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist and highly respected supporter of equal rights for women, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the intellectual pioneer that started the fight for women's' rights, Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Director of Flight Crew Operations at the Johnson Space Center, Susan B. Anthony the executer and speaker of the long fight for women's rights, Sojourner Truth, an avid supporter and speaker for women's rights, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jean Pace the longest serving female in the U.S. Army, and Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist and brave supporter of women's rights.

"When Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony came together during the Women's suffrage years to struggle and fight for the rights of women is the best day for every woman then and now to have a voice of their own," said Morgan.

The observance of Women's Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women's continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women's Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.

"Understand that women should continue to fight for the right to be treated equal," said Morgan. "Acknowledge that women work just as hard as men and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity as any human being in the world. When it comes to equality, the continued efforts are to raise voices and awareness for women to remain relevant in all aspects of life. From the Equal Opportunity perspective the Army will continue to celebrate every year and throughout the year the importance of women's rights and fair treatment."

Women's Equality Day is commemorated on the August 26 every year. This day is dedicated to women and marks the granting of their right to vote, celebrates the victory of the equality that women have won and holds a strong point to eliminate discrimination against women.

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