By Alicia Lacy
Killeen Daily Herald
FORT HOOD - Ninety years ago women secured the right to vote in the U.S. with the signing of the 19th Amendment. Fort Hood celebrated the anniversary of that milestone Monday.
Soldiers and civilians listened intently during the Women's Equality Day ceremony as speakers Dr. Diane Howard, director of performance studies at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and Lt. Col. Betty Holm, III Corps logistic officer, gave the audience a brief history on the women's suffrage movement and their own history.
Howard performed a dramatized story of the movement, which began with the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 and was led by activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Frederick Douglass.
"Women had no equal or legal rights," she said.
At the start of the women's rights movement, women had no rights to land or custody of their children, she said
Also, Howard said the leaders of the women's suffrage movement were limited in their thinking because they only fought for the rights of white women and opposed the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave slaves citizenship.
Howard and Holm honored the women who blazed the trail for equality.
Women's Equality Day has been observed Aug. 26 every year with a presidential proclamation, which Congress designated in 1971.
"The fight for women's equality is not a woman's agenda, but an American agenda," President Barack Obama's proclamation states.
"(Women) have delivered justice from the bench of our highest court, fought for our country in foreign lands, discovered cures to diseases and joined the ranks of the greatest business leaders of our time," the proclamation states. "Female college graduates now outnumber their male counterparts.
"On this Women's Equality Day, we resolve to continue the important work of our nation's foremothers and their successors, and turn their vision of a more equal America into our reality."
Also in observance of Women's Equality Day, the U.S. Army Operational Test Command will host a lecture by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Training Conference Room, across the street from OTC Headquarters, Station Avenue, West Fort Hood. Light refreshments will be served after her remarks.
Read more in Wednesday's Homefront magazine.
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