Women’s Equality Day: Army pays tribute to the women Soldiers and civilians

From the U.S. Army Office of the Chief of Public Affairs /

Aug. 26 of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day in the United States.

Championed by Rep. Bella Abzug and first established in 1971, the date commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Woman Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave U.S. women full voting rights in 1920.

On Aug. 19, 2009, a letter was signed by the secretary of the Army, the chief of staff and the sergeant major of the Army recognizing Women’s Equality Day and the contributions made by women to the Department of the Army.

The Army has ongoing critical programs that work to improve the status of women. Two programs are the Federal Women’s Program and Women in the Army.

The Federal Women’s Program is an integral resource in identifying problems and recommending solutions that eliminate discrimination and the under representation of women within the Army.

The mission of WITA is to enhance the readiness of the Army through the development and implementation of assignment policy for women within congressional mandates, Department of Defense guidance and Army force structure projections while ensuring opportunities for service and promotion.

The role of the Army has changed and evolved exponentially throughout the years. Female Soldiers are strong, patriotic individuals who serve as leaders, role models and mentors. Women continue to break barriers on the battlefield and in every environment where the military serves.

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Read about the “Skirted Soldiers”: The Women’s Army Corps and Gender Integration of the U.S. Army during World War II.

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