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Women’s Equality Day Observed in Naples

September 8, 2016 at 1:37 PM UTC
Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Alyssa Weeks

The Naval Support Activity Naples Multi-Cultural Heritage Committee held a Women's Equality Day panel discussion at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, Aug. 26, 2016, with Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Adm. Michelle Howard as the keynote speaker on gender equality.

After Adm. Howard’s opening comments, panel members Dr. Sharon White, Lt. Cmdr. Kelley Cruz, Lt. Vivian Maner and Senior Chief Legalman Chiara White concluded by discussing relevant topics and answering questions from the audience.




 “It hasn’t even been a hundred years since we’ve [women] had this right which is why it is so important that we register to vote. It doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female, your race, gender or color; it just matters that you vote because there were a lot of people who went to jail, who died, who did a lot of things for each of us to have a right to vote.”

 “You can look like anyone you want to look like, be smart, be innovative, and be creative. That’s the point.”

- Adm. Michelle Howard
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa

“This day in 1920 marked a turning point in women’s equality. Today, we not only commemorate 96 years of women’s right to vote but we call attention to our nation’s continuing efforts towards full gender equality and we recognize achievements realized over the last century.”

– Mr. Edward Cannon, moderator

Quick Facts: 
On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed allowing women the right to vote, the right to buy and own land and serve on juries.
Fifty years after the passing of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 26, 1970, the National Organization of Women hung banners from the Statue of Liberty and held rallies in nearly 100 U.S. cities. More than 50,000 women took part making it one of the biggest protests of U.S. history. Around a year after the protests of 1970, Congress decided Aug. 26 of every year would be Women’s Equality Day.