Rushmore Celebrates Women’s History Month

By Lt. j.g. Ryan de Vera, USS Rushmore Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO, CA – USS Rushmore (LSD 47) held a ceremony March 27 to celebrate Women’s History Month.

San Diego City College’s Marine Biology Professor, Bridget Tiffany was chosen to be the guest speaker for the event due to her achievements relevant to the 2009 Women’s History Month theme: “Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet.”

Tiffany, from Bloomington, Minn., spoke on professional issues, including the importance of marine ecosystems and her experiences doing on-site research in Sulawesi, Indonesia. She also spoke about the recent history of women in science and her personal choice to delay having a family in order to help other people through her work.

“This is a huge honor,” Tiffany said. “I have not often been asked to be a guest speaker, so being asked to be one and speak to members of the military is fantastic.”

Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Nelson, Rushmore’s executive officer, presented Tiffany with a plaque of appreciation for taking the time to speak with the crew.

Rushmore’s Multi-cultural Committee, who coordinated the event, consists of military personnel from different ethnic backgrounds who give presentations on diversity in order to educate Sailors about the historic and recent contributions that people of all races, creeds, and genders have made.