JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Thanks to the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, women have been allowed to vote for 95 years. Along with a number of other laws gave way to Aug. 26 being established as Women's Equality Day. Naval Air Station Jacksonville celebrated these rights with a special meal at the Flight Line Cafe and a presentation by the Multicultural Awareness Committee.
NAS Jax Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Teri McIntyre addressed the diners in the galley and gave them historical information and spoke about women who made a difference in history.
"In the 95 years since the 19th Amendment was ratified, woman have made strides in every facet of American life," said McIntyre. "We continue to learn that our country succeeds when woman succeed. Investing in gender equality and women's empowerment can unlock human potential on an astronomical scale."
Members of the Multicultural Awareness Committee asked questions to those in attendance about women's roles in history and the journey to equality. Even this many year of equality, women still earn less money than their male counterparts. President Barack Obama mentioned a fair pay act, which was the first law he signed as president, in his Presidential Proclamation for Women's Equality Day 2015.
"When women succeed, America succeeds. That is why I am committed to fighting for equal pay for equal work, and why the first bill I signed into law as President was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which extended the time period for employees to file complaints of compensation discrimination," said Obama. "I continue to support passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act because there is no reason why an earnings gap between men and women should persist in the 21st century."
The law was created after a supervisor at a Goodyear tire plant filed an equal-pay lawsuit in 1998. In addition to the special meal the galley served that was open to the entire NAS Jax community, they made a cake to mark the event.
"A very special thanks to all of the galley Sailors and staff for putting together such an awesome meal and beautiful cake for the 95th anniversary of Women's Equality Day," said Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic (AW/SW) Joanna Madrid, command climate specialist.
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