HM-15 Blackhawks on Womens Equality Day

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In their own word, fellow Blackhawks reflect on the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women full voting rights.

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HM-15 Blackhawks on Womens Equality Day

  1. 1. 1 AUGUST 26th DAY OF WOMEN’S EQUALITY! BLACKHAWKS are saying... By ATC(AW) Jackson and AMC(AW/SW) Espinosa At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. 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. HERITAGE & DIVERSITY COMMITTEE August25,2013 AWS2 (NAC/AW) THOMAS Women's ability to vote is one of the stepping stones that lead to other opportunities for women to be considered as equals to their male counterparts. Our right to vote has contributed to women aircrewmen. Also August 26th is my birthday which means I represent Women's Equality Day. I represent every woman. LS3 MURPHREE Because of the countless women that rallied for equality and change, there are tremendous amounts of opportunities to sailors today that would not be available otherwise. I have been given equal opportunity to succeed in the armed services where as in the past there were limitations on what females could do in the military.
  2. 2. 2 “My decision to register women confirms what is already obvious throughout our society-that women are now providing all types of skills in every profession. The military should be no exception.” - President Jimmy Carter H&DCAugust25,2013 Women in the Blackhawk community. HM-15 military women work just as hard as their male counterparts. AECS (AW) OBRYANT Women's Equality Day serves as a reminder of celebrated victories and the continued efforts of females to be recognized on the same level as our male counterparts. History has shown successes, ranging from women's right to vote, owning property, and serving our country in combat roles as well as other areas that were once restricted to males only. Efforts promoting woman's equality can never be over emphasized nor should it be undervalued. Such efforts continue to lay the foundation of increase professional and personal opportunities for women of all backgrounds. AMAN JIMENEZ Women’s equality has effected my experience in the navy by allowing me to work in a rate not traditionally thought for women. Women in the military can now work in fields other than the stereotypical occupations.
  3. 3. 3 YNSN CURRY Equality for women has affected my military experience by allowing me to join the service and do something amazing for my country. This country has come a long way since 1968. As a woman, I'm proud of the progress we have made. LS1(AW) HEARD As a woman in the military I want the same job opportunities, awards, qualifications, training, and treatment just as my male counterparts. “Equality” has come a long way but has some more growing to do. H&DCAugust25,2013
  4. 4. 4 LS2(AW) Perkins The doors have opened and equal pay for women is the big difference for me. We a have also witnessed females in power positions like Companies CEO, Navy Admirals, and CMC’s. Those changes are just a few things that have made a personal difference for me. AZ3(AW) Davis Women have come a long way in the American society compared to 40 and 50 years ago. Being a women of color make me appreciate how far society has come even more. Susan B. Anthony made it possible for me to vote, Rosa Parks made history not only as a Black American, but also a woman during the civil rights. Even though we have women run for president before, Hilary Clinton and Sarah Palin are prime examples of how far women have come politically. Women now play a large role in politics, the judicial system, our military, the media, sports, and much more. Equal opportunity has made it possible for women to do anything men are capable of doing. Thanks to Sally Ride, we can reach beyond the stars (literally). We are not 100 percent there yet, but the change is very evident. H&DCAugust25,2013 “Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.” - Robert F. Kennedy
  5. 5. 5 LS2 Furman I believe that the change that has occurred over the last 40 years has been monumental in the sense that women have been recognized and not pushed aside. In the civilian sector for many years women have been paid less than men for performing the same job and attention has been brought to that; furthermore I believe that changes either have been made or are forthcoming. The military has also become more open to the inclusion of women in jobs that were once only performed by men. While that may seem like a giant leap towards progression in the women's liberation movement, it can also have its drawbacks. The demand to achieve the same level of work requirement could be placed on women who do not wish to be classified in the "women's liberation" movement, therefore making them appear less capable of meeting the demands of their job. Culturally I have seen more women of color rise to prominent positions in government, media and the military in the past 40 years. This serves as an example to generations their junior to set their standards high and excel beyond their predecessors. YN2 (AW) BOYD Women's rights had a profound impact on my view of military equality. Yeoman was the first large-scale rate manned by women, thus providing a strong female presence in the U.S. Navy and leading to advancements in rank and recognition. Without the impact of the Progressive Era and a movement for women's suffrage, this country would have witnessed a downfall of productivity and power. H&DCAugust25,2013 Women in the Blackhawk community. HM-15 has command and mission oriented women who prevail year round even during most critical times.
  6. 6. 6 AZ2(AW) Ponder This topic has truly hit my heart dearly. I have personally seen members of my family go through hardship because women were treated as second class citizens. Times have change and with change it made it possible for women to succeed and compete with our male counterparts. That has made the biggest impact for me. AZ2(AW) Bartholomew The progression of women has been a hot topic for a long time. We have becoming stronger and more self reliant. I can remember a time when women weren’t allowed to do anything but domestic work, and now we can run for president of the United States. In today’s time we can fight for our country or construct and build the tallest of buildings, so I am proud to keep the movement going for the strong and independent women. H&DCAugust25,2013 Women in the Blackhawk community. Military women will continue to lead the way in all aspects of the Armed Services. HOOYAH BLACKHAWKS!

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