12 September 2017

Guest speaker Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West, Surgeon General of the U.S. Army, spoke at the Women’s Equality Day event Aug. 24 at the Fort Detrick Auditorium. Photo by Lori Salvatore, USAMRMC Public Affairs
Fort Detrick Celebrates Women's Equality Day
Crystal Maynard USAMRMC Public Affairs
A packed crowd filled the Fort Detrick Auditorium to celebrate Women's Equality Day on Aug. 24.

The event, hosted by the 6th Medical Logistics Management Center, celebrated the day the 19th Amendment to the Constitution became a law, which was Aug. 26, 1920, giving American women the right to vote.

Maj. Gen. Barbara R. Holcomb, commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, greeted the standing room only crowd. Holcomb thanked Clay Beard for the National Anthem and Chaplain Willie J. Newton, Jr. for the invocation.

Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West, the 44th surgeon general of the U.S. Army and commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Command, was the guest speaker for the observance. West spoke about how women in history shaped the rights of women today.

Specifically, West mentioned Congresswoman Bella Abzug, who introduced a Joint Resolution to Congress designating that each Aug. 26 be Women's Equality Day. Abzug spent her lifetime dedicated to public service and activism on behalf of the oppressed and the ignored.

She gained fame nationally as the first Jewish woman elected to U.S. Congress, and later, internationally as a leader in the global women's movement.

West urged those in attendance to consider the thousands and thousands that impacted history by making small, deliberate contributions daily and how they each helped to shape the fabric of our Nation.

"I challenge you to think about how you can make a difference," said West to the audience.

Soldiers assigned to the 6th MLMC provided a dramatic presentation that highlighted the fight for women's suffrage.

In celebrating Women's Equality Day the Army recognizes not only the significance of women's contributions, but also the value of diversity and an inclusive environment.
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