Show celebrates National Women’s History Month

| April 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos
45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS —  Soldiers and civilians gathered to pay tribute to American women during U.S. Army-Hawaii’s Women’s History Month celebration, here, at the Sgt. Smith Theater, March 24.

The event featured Broadway actress Kate Campbell Stevenson, who  brought her one-woman show “Women: Back to the Future” to the members of the Schofield Barracks community.

Kate Campbell Stevenson portrays Sacajawea during her one woman show, Woman: back to the future, held at the Sgt. Smith Theater at Schofield Barracks. (Sgt. 1st Class Tuyen Do | 45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)Stevenson opened the show with a portrayal of famous women who helped to bring equality to women in America. Stevenson’s portrayals included Abigail Adams, Sacagawea, Bessie Coleman and Eleanor Roosevelt.

“Each of the [pioneer] women broke through so many obstacles and dug deep to find the courage they needed to move forward with their lives and help others,” Stevenson said to her audience.

For example, Coleman, the child of Texas sharecroppers, became not only the first woman, but also the first African-American to obtain an international pilot’s license.

“I chose these women because they exhibited the ‘can-do attitude’ of people who broke out of the established molds,” Stevenson said. “It’s important to look at these women and how they used their gifts and their talents to break down barriers and make the world a better place.”

While Stevenson’s show reminded the audience how valuable women have been throughout history, women continue to improve rights, equality and prosperity for the next generation of women.

“Without women, history would be greatly altered because women bring a personal touch in their day-to-day affairs, which men just don’t bring,” said Staff Sgt. Shay Williams, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Theater Sustainment Command.

“You have women like Rosa Parks who stood up and took a stand because she believed in her convictions, which are being carried on in the women who now have rights today,” Williams said.

Women’s History Month was first recognized as a weeklong celebration during a presidential proclamation by President Jimmy Carter, March 8, 1980.

Seven years later, the week was expanded to the entire month of March and celebrates the contributions women have made throughout history.

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