Women’s Equality Day observed

| September 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
Lt. Col. Octavia Coleman, commander of Army Field Support Battalion-Hawaii, presents Maj. Gen. Susan Davidson, commanding general of 8th Theater Sustainment Command, with a plaque thanking her for speaking at the Women's Equality Day Observance August 29 at 25th Sustainment Brigade Dining Facility on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th TSC Public Affairs/RELEASED)

Lt. Col. Octavia Coleman, commander, AFSB-H, presents Maj. Gen. Susan Davidson, commander, 8th TSC, with a plaque thanking her for speaking at the Women’s Equality Day Observance, Aug. 29.

 

Sgt. Jon Heinrich
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated Aug. 26 as Women’s Equality Day.

The date was selected to commemorate the Aug. 26, 1920, certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

Army Field Support Battalion-Hawaii held a luncheon and ceremony to commemorate this major turning point for women’s equality at the 25th Sustainment Brigade dining facility. It was a chance for all Soldiers to recognize the rapidly expanding roles for women in the Army, to include combat and leadership positions.

The importance of the day resonated with the female Soldiers in attendance as they had a chance to reflect on the struggles of the past, and appreciate where we are today.

“It’s the accomplishment of resilient pioneers like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others, who devoted decades of hard work to ensure women’s voices could be heard, that set the path for many of us today,” said Lt. Col. Octavia Coleman, commander, AFSB-H. “It’s quite obvious that women’s rights have made leaps and bounds; yet, today we look back on all that women have gone through to make today possible and we thank them.”

Women have served the Army since 1775 and continue to remain an invaluable and essential part of today’s Army. Female Soldiers serve on teams as commanders, leaders, engineers, mechanics, aviators, special operators, technologists and combat troops.

Maj. Gen. Susan Davidson, commander of 8th Theater Sustainment Command, speaks at a WomenÕs Equality Day Observance August 29 at 25th Sustainment Brigade Dining Facility on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th MP Brigade Public Affairs)

Davidson speaks at a Women’s Equality Day Observance at the 25th Sustainment Brigade dining facility. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill, 8th MP Brigade Public Affairs)

Coleman stated that the military has aided females in overcoming obstacles by placing them in roles they have certainly earned, including Army Gen. Ann Dunwoody, Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, Navy Adm. Michelle Howard, Army Capt. Kristen Griest and Army 1st Lt. Shaye Harver.

As guest speaker for the ceremony, Maj. Gen. Susan Davidson, commander, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, spoke about how the Army is a great example of gender equality compared to the outside world.

“I realized in the Army there isn’t a difference. An E-1 with one day of service, male or female, gets paid the same,” Davidson said. “A two-star general with 30 years of service, male or female, gets paid the same.

Davidson also talked about how in the Army everyone is defined as a Soldier and not by gender, mentioning emails she receives from Congress that refer to her as an officer and a gentleman as an example.

“Congress hasn’t changed the wording,” Davidson said. “It doesn’t bother me. I don’t care. It’s the respect they show by acknowledging I’m a commissioned officer. It’s the respect they show by acknowledging I’m a general officer that matters. It isn’t relevant to me if you call me sir. Doesn’t bother me. You see me as a Soldier and that’s how I take it.”

The country and the Army have made great progress in building a free and fair society, and the Army will continue striving to fully realize justice and equality for all.

“We are equal as Soldiers,” Davidson said. “Leadership demands that. If you feel like that’s not true, you have to let someone know. We will fall apart, as an Army, if we ever lose that basic premise that all Soldiers are treated the same.”

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