Celebrate Women’s Equality Day
By SSgt Sara Rooks, Military Equal Opportunity Office
/ Published August 11, 2008
August 2008 -- As we celebrate Women's Equality Day on August 26th I would like to recognize the women of the 180th. The number of female members in the 180th has grown immensely over the past years. There is great opportunity for women to advance their careers in both the enlisted and officer ranks. The 180th could not be what it is today without these strong courageous women.
Throughout history women have not had things come easy to them. As we enter this election season we need to remember that women were not allowed to vote until August 26th, 1920.
An example of women's equality in the 21st century occurred on July 23rd 2008. Lt Gen. E. Dunwoody was confirmed as the first female four-star general. Historically, serving in combat roles had lead to the highest ranking positions. By law women are excluded from serving in combat roles. This exclusion still applies but the Army has chosen to cast aside its customary limitations on promotions.
"I am very honored but also very humbled today with this announcement," Dunwoody said. "I grew up in a family that didn't know what glass ceilings were. This nomination only reaffirms what I have known to be true about the military throughout my career - that the doors continue to open for men and women in uniform."