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100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment
U.S. Army
August 27, 2020

​On Aug. 26, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. This was the culmination of the long struggle by women seeking the right to vote.

The passage of the 19th Amendment is a testament to the courage and tenacity of the women—and men—who challenged the nation to live up to its founding principles.

As the Army shapes the future force, we will ensure that every individual has the opportunity to maximize his or her potential. The legacy of brave women who served—and continue to serve further inspire us to strive for liberty and equality for all Americans.

Since the passage of the 19th Amendment, women have made great strides for equality across our society.

The U.S. Army is dedicated to ensuring equality for all its members.

The women's suffrage movement began in 1848, when the first women's rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York, led by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

World War I hastened the call for women's voting rights. During the war women both served in the Armed Forces and stepped into jobs at home that men had left when they were called to military service.

In 1917, suffragists picketed outside of the White House and were arrested for disrupting traffic.

In 1918, President Wilson, who had previously ignored the suffragists, publicly endorsed woman's suffrage.

It is believed that women's roles during World War I helped Wilson see the need for suffrage.

However, it would take another year before there were enough votes in Congress to support the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Women play vital roles in today's Army, as Soldiers and Army Civilians are all critical members of our Army team.

At White Sands Missile Range a group of women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame for their contributions to the range.

They include: Alice Lucile Graham – Mathematician, Frances Williams - Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, Joy Arthur – Research Electronic Engineer, and Mary Beth Reinhart – Chief, Community Recreation Division.

Today women make up 17.6 percent of our Army, the largest percentage of women serving since the inception of the all-volunteer force.

Women have served the United States Army since 1775 and remain an invaluable and essential part of the Army today.

All military occupational specialties are now open to anyone who qualifies and meets the specific standards of the job.

Fully integrating women into all military positions makes the U.S. armed forces better and stronger. The U.S Army is dedicated to ensuring equality for all its members.

In celebrating Women's Equality Day, the Army recognizes not only the significance of women's contributions but also the value of diversity and an inclusive environment.

To sustain a high-quality Army that is trained and ready, we must ensure that all Soldiers and Army Civilians are given the opportunity to maximize their talents and potential.

When individuals succeed, America succeeds. To this end, Army leaders continue to shape policies to ensure women have equal opportunity in the workplace.

Though our military has made many strides to eliminate barriers to service, we must remain dedicated to the idea that our nation is not complete until every American receives equal treatment and opportunity under the law.

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