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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

Marines, DoD employees gather for Women’s Equality Day observance

By Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso | | August 18, 2010

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Amy Madsen, Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s base adjutant and a former Marine captain, shares her enthusiasm for the military’s stance on equal opportunity Aug. 23 during U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific’s Women’s Equality Day observance.::r::::n::“I was really amazed that we were always fully integrated with the men,” Madsen said as she recounted her time in The Basic School as a young 2nd lieutenant.::r::::n::August 26 is the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. ::r::::n::

Amy Madsen, Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s base adjutant and a former Marine captain, shares her enthusiasm for the military’s stance on equal opportunity Aug. 23 during U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific’s Women’s Equality Day observance.::r::::n::“I was really amazed that we were always fully integrated with the men,” Madsen said as she recounted her time in The Basic School as a young 2nd lieutenant.::r::::n::August 26 is the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. ::r::::n:: (Photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)


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A panel of seven accomplished women share their stories of  success and the hurdles they overcame while balancing their lives as women in the workplace, wives and mothers during the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, Women’s Equality Day observance Aug. 23 at the MarForPac Headquarters building here. Aug. 26 is the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

A panel of seven accomplished women share their stories of success and the hurdles they overcame while balancing their lives as women in the workplace, wives and mothers during the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, Women’s Equality Day observance Aug. 23 at the MarForPac Headquarters building here. Aug. 26 is the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. (Photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)


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Master Sgt. Aretha Grubbs, Pacific Command’s administration chief, recites “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou Aug. 23 during U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific’s Women’s Equality Day observance at the MarForPac Headquarters building, here. Grubbs, a former drill instructor, served as an example of a strong, accomplished enlisted woman for many of the young women in the audience. Aug. 26 is the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

Master Sgt. Aretha Grubbs, Pacific Command’s administration chief, recites “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou Aug. 23 during U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific’s Women’s Equality Day observance at the MarForPac Headquarters building, here. Grubbs, a former drill instructor, served as an example of a strong, accomplished enlisted woman for many of the young women in the audience. Aug. 26 is the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. (Photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)


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CAMP H. M. SMITH, Hawaii -- Dozens of service members and civilian employees assigned to Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, attended the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, Women’s Equality Day observance Aug. 23 at the MarForPac Headquarters building.

The annual event highlighted the contributions women have made in the workplace and celebrated the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, affording women the right to vote.

“This event gives the command an opportunity to show we appreciate all the hard work and dedication from our women service members and civilian employees,” said Gunnery Sgt. Larry McCutcheon, MarForPac’s equal opportunity advisor. “Their contributions do not go unrecognized.”

The event started with Master Sgt. Aretha Grubbs, Pacific Command’s Administration chief, reciting “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou, a poem written to empower women.

“When I first came into the Marine Corps, women were segregated,” Grubbs said. “Now we’ve done away with that. Now we can be doctors. Now we can be successful careerists, wives and mothers. We’ve come a long way.”

The event continued with comments from guest speakers, including a panel of women who have achieved success as wives, mothers and professionals in the work place.

“Thanks to PACOM and MarForPac’s joint effort, this year’s women’s equality observance turned out really well,” McCutcheon said. “The speakers and panelists were all great examples of accomplished women in the workplace and were great role models for some of the younger women in the crowd. I’m looking forward to next year’s event.”