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Celebrating women's right to vote

Posted 7/28/2011   Updated 7/28/2011 Email story   Print story


Commentary by Tech. Sgt. Melinda Morris
27th Special Operations Wing Equal Opportunity Office

7/28/2011 - CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The theme is never-changing, yet remains something to celebrate: women's rights. Women's Equality Day is a Department of Defense governed observance, Aug. 26, celebrating one of the most "commonplace" rights for all American citizens - voting.

The United States of America recently celebrated the 163rd anniversary of the first Women's Rights Conference originally held in Seneca Falls, N.Y., July 19-20, 1848. At that conference, participants demanded women's right to vote. It took 72 years of unrelenting campaigning for women to win this right on Aug. 26, 1920. From that time to current day, women have emerged prominently in untraditional roles.

Women's rights are currently being advocated and discussed around the world and many changes have taken place over the years. For the first time in Afghanistan, women are being trained as pilots. Even as recent as July 2011, Yingluck Shinawatra became Thailand's first female prime minister. The many contributions made by women are resonating globally.

At Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., several strong and competent women hold leadership positions such as Lt. Col. Tracy Onufer, 16th Special Operations Squadron, commander; Lt. Col. Yolanda Rogers, 27th Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron commander; Maj. Joyce Storm, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron commander; Maj. Dina Quanico, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron commander; Jean Masters 27th Special Operations Wing sexual assault response coordinator; and Sheila Glover, 27th Special Operations Wing protocol.

To quote philosopher George Santayana, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." As with all special observances, take a moment to reflect, thank someone being recognized and continue to move forward together into a future even brighter than today.

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