3rd Cavalry Regiment hosted a celebration for women’s right to vote during Women’s Equality Day Observance, Aug. 22, at the Phantom Warrior Center.
More than 175 people attended the event in celebration of all the women who fought for the right to vote and finally succeeded on August 18, 1920.
“We have to make sure that we go out and vote,” guest speaker retired Command Sgt. Major Jackeline Soriano Fountain, said.
Fountain said women no longer have to fight for the right to vote and should take full advantage of the sacrifices other women throughout history have made.
As the first female command sergeant major in the 99-year-history of the Chemical Corps, Fountain took a moment during the event to ask all women in uniform to stand – signifying the advances that women have made throughout history.
“Females in the military make up 17.4 percent,” Fountain said. “(Because of) those women who went before us, we can now be tankers, we can now be rangers, we can now do the things that we couldn’t do, in all fields as long as we qualify. The Army has set a precedence. The Army knows what it is to be inclusive; to include everyone and to diversify.”
During Fountain’s speech, she also gave thanks to all the 3rd Cav. Regt. equal opportunity representatives who planned, coordinated and set up the event.
Sharing the EO program’s purpose, Master Sgt. Clifton Anderson, an equal opportunity advisor attached to 3rd Cav. Regt., who served as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the event, said the program’s purpose is to ensure all Soldiers are treated equally regardless of their differences.
“The EO program point blank period – dignity and respect. That’s what the program is about – dignity and respect and that Soldiers will only be judged off their merit, fitness and capability to readiness,” Anderson said.
Anderson said throughout history women have not only fought for the right vote, but have fought for the right to be treated equally.
“Everybody uses that term ‘it gives them a seat at the table,’ – you can get that seat at the table, but what you want is that voice at the table,” Anderson said.
Anderson said that women throughout history, have fought to enhance the younger generation’s quality of life in and out of the military and encouraged everyone to celebrate Women’s Equality Day.
“This day meant a lot to hopefully the younger females, who don’t know this history,” Anderson said. “Hopefully, now it gives them purpose and an understanding of how we got from A to B and now to C.”