Women have played a
significant role in the U.S., our armed forces and in our Army. Women have
fought in every major conflict – from the Revolutionary War to conflicts in
Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 1980, President Jimmy
Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8
as national Women’s History Week. Six years later, it was declared by Congress
to be celebrated throughout the month of March.
American women have led the
way for social and economic changes, often against social norms, and,
sometimes, with legal restraints.
Women of every race, class,
ethnicity and age have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of
At Fort Riley, we honored the
accomplishments of women, past and present, during the Women’s History Month
Observance March 19 at Riley’s Conference Center.
Command Sgt. Maj. Tomeka
O’Neal, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, was the guest speaker at
Tomeka talked about her career
as a woman in the military, as well as women in leadership roles.
Female Soldiers with the 2nd
Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div. also performed a skit during the observance,
depicting women’s roles in the military, from the Revolutionary War to present.
Although March is
officially designated as Women’s History Month, celebrating the accomplishments
of women in and out of our armed forces is a year-round duty.
So, when you reflect upon March
as Women’s History Month and what it stands for, remember to say “thank you” to
your mother, wife, sister, aunt, and, especially, to the woman standing next to
you in formation.
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