Marines, DoD employees gather for Women’s Equality Day observance
By Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso
| | August 18, 2010
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.”