SAN DIEGO-- USS Makin Island (LHD 8) crew members celebrated Women’s Equality Day during a ceremony, Aug 24.
Women’s Equality Day commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 granting women the right to vote and all those who fought for women’s rights.
“They are the ones who started the women’s equality movement for things like voting and going to college,” said Chief Logistics Specialist Julie Yamamoto, coordinator of the Women’s Equality Day ceremony. “We have come a long way. I believe we are close to having equal rights. Women are now able to join the military and be deployed to combat zones and even join the SEALs if they choose.”
During the event, four speakers showcased the history of Women’s Equality Day and leading members of the women’s equality movement.
“I went to the Susan B. Anthony house in New York and was amazed at her dedication,” said Lt. Jill Corrales. “It makes me motivated to take advantage of all the rights that I have. For example, when it comes time to vote, I make sure to go out and vote. I have 3 daughters and one is currently in college and I want to help encourage each of them to grow into strong women.”
Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day in 1971 in commemoration of both the 19th Amendment and a nationwide women’s rights demonstration held on that day in 1970.