Women’s History Month observance celebrates progress

| April 6, 2012 | 0 Comments
Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Lopez (left), USARPAC, meets with Mary Papillion, military liaison with Ashford University, located in Clinton, Iowa, during the Women’s History Month observance, March 28. (Courtesy Photo)

Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Lopez (left), USARPAC, meets with Mary Papillion, military liaison with Ashford University, located in Clinton, Iowa, during the Women’s History Month observance, March 28. (Courtesy Photo)

U.S. Army-Pacific
Public Affairs Office

FORT SHAFTER — A Women’s History Month observance was held, here, March 28, with the theme “Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment.”

Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army-Pacific, sponsored the event.

During the observance, Command Sgt. Maj. Mary Brown, HHBN, USARPAC, read from President Barrack Obama’s presidential proclamation.

“As Americans, ours is a legacy of bold independence and passionate belief in fairness and justice for all,” the proclamation said. “For generations, this intrepid spirit has driven women pioneers to challenge injustices and shatter ceilings in pursuit of full and enduring equality.

“During Women’s History Month, we commemorate their struggles, celebrate centuries of progress and reaffirm our steadfast commitment to the rights, security and dignity of women in America and around the world,” the proclamation continued.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Carolyn Taylor, legal administrator, 25th Infantry Division, and keynote speaker, urged those in attendance to make an investment, to be more marketable and to be more competitive.

The military can be compared to a large corporation, Taylor explained. She said marketability sets anyone apart from his or her peers.

Pursuing education will make anyone more competitive and help give her the edge needed, she said.

“There are women who have gone before us in the battle and fought to ensure we have access to equality in education,” Taylor said, emphasizing higher education.

She asked two questions: Will you settle for being a laborer or be part of the management team? Will you work for someone or have others work for you?

Taylor also reminded attendees, “Whatever investment you make in your education will be the foundation for the rest of your life.”

In keeping with the education theme of the observance, representatives from five universities were present to answer questions and interact with the audience.

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