9th MSC’s Women’s Equality Day crosses bridges, builds bonds

| September 1, 2011 | 0 Comments
Retired Brig. Gen. Belinda Pinckney (right), event guest speaker, receives a gift from Kimo Dunn (left), 9th MSC, whose mother also served with the Women's Army Corps in Hawaii in the early 1940s, during Women's Equality Day, Aug. 24.

Retired Brig. Gen. Belinda Pinckney (right), event guest speaker, receives a gift from Kimo Dunn (left), 9th MSC, whose mother also served with the Women's Army Corps in Hawaii in the early 1940s, during Women's Equality Day, Aug. 24.

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Staff Sgt. Cashmere C. Jefferson
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — The 9th Mission Support Command celebrated Women’s Equality Day, here, Aug. 24, in a ceremony attended by more than 120 people.

Aug. 26 marks the 91st anniversary of the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote and Women’s Equality Day.

Women in the U.S. were given the right to vote, Aug. 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was certified. The amendment was introduced many years earlier in 1878.

Every president has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day since 1971, when Bella Abzug first introduced Women’s Equality Day legislation in Congress.

Women’s Equality Day is especially important in the military. According to the Department of Defense, as of September 2008, the total number of women in the military is 197,900. Out of that total, 34,300 women are officers and 163,600 are enlisted.

Retired Brig. Gen. Belinda Pinckney was the event’s guest speaker. She entered the Army as a finance specialist is 1976, and is the first African-American female inducted into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.

Pinckney said we must not forget the women who have paved the way for the road ahead — for all of us. These women include Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Oprah Winfrey and Gen. Ann Dunwoody — just to name of few. These women served as “bridges” to help us cross into equality.

“We still have a long way to go,” Pinckney said. “I stand on the shoulders of great women, who have worked tirelessly so women can stand (as) we are today. We must continue to press forward.”

Lt. Col. Fredrick Levine, manager, Equal Opportunity Program, 9th MSC, said he appreciated that Pinckney’s speech highlighted that “everyone should be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of race, religion, gender, color or national origin.”

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