Members of the Stuttgart military community gathered at the Patch Community Center to celebrate the historic passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 which gave women the right to vote.
Women’s Equality Day is held every August 26 by presidential proclamation as a day to recognize the continuing efforts of full equality for women.
Brigadier General Jody Daniels, Deputy Director of the U.S. Africa Command Intelligence and Knowledge Development Directorate (J2) spoke about the impact women have on the world when they contribute.
“It is important for all organizations to have diversity because teams and organizations with more diversity excel,” she said.
Brig. Gen. Daniels shared stories of the opportunities she has had while serving in the U.S. military. "There we several times when people were surprised to se a women when I showed up for a deployment," she said.
“It is important to remember the long road to get where women are today,” she said. “I think my road was made easier because of the women who came before me,” she said.
Actors dressed in 1920's period clothes held picket signs at the ceremony as a way to honnor the struggle of women who worked to give women the right to vote in the U.S.
Colonel John Stack, Stuttgart Army Garrison commander spoke about impressing the importance of women’s equality to the world.
“Women understand, but sometimes men do not realize the importance of women’s equality and how it truly benefits the world. “
In the U.S., Aug 26, 1920 marks a turning point in the history of the struggle for equal treatment of women and women’s rights.
Worldwide, efforts to improve the status of women are seen an important step for developing nations to becoming more prosperous .
“When we look at where women are today- historically high enrolment in higher education, larger numbers in the workforce, increased representation in our government we can see that we are still making progress,” said Brig. Gen. Daniels.
UN page on the history of IWD: http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/history.shtml
UN Women: http://www.unwomen.org/