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Robins to celebrate Women’s Equality Day Aug. 22

Department of Defense 2018 Women’s Equality Day

2018 Women’s Equality Day, is nationally observed on Aug. 26. Because that is a Sunday this year Robins will celebrate the historical women’s movement on Aug. 22, with a diverse panel discussion featuring base leaders, including 78th Air Base Wing Vice Commander Col. Katrina Stephens.

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Women from all over the U.S cast their ballots in recent primary elections, a voting right granted them by the 19th Amendment to the U.S Constitution.

Women’s Equality Day celebrates women’s voting right.

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment which was ratified on August 18, 1920, to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote an amendment known as the “Suffrage Amendment”  but it also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.

Jeanette McElhaney, Team Robins Diversity Council treasurer and co-chair of the 2018 Women’s Equality Day Committee, said though the day is nationally observed on Aug. 26, Robins will celebrate the historical women’s movement on Aug. 22, with a diverse panel discussion featuring base leaders, including 78th Air Base Wing Vice Commander Col. Katrina Stephens, and enjoy a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Heritage Club.

“It’s another form of educating the workforce of the rights of all women,” she said. “It’s important that women know and understand their rights as federal employees.  Women are still striving for equal rights within the federal workforce at all levels.”

McElhaney said it’s important to educate women of the importance of their vote and how people had to fight for their right to vote.

“It’s important to vote in all elections, because that can and will determine how and when things will happen that will affect your future,” she said.

Tickets for Robins’ Women’s Equality Day event are available for $12 through Diversity Council members.

For more information, call Jeanette McElhaney at 478-926-3857.