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August 26th is marked as Women’s Equality day. Instated in 1971, it celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Woman Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving U.S. women full voting rights in 1920. I knew the day was coming up, but sadly, I almost missed it this year. If it wasn’t for US Army’s website that I was browsing yesterday, I would have gone without remembering this key day in our history. The US Army is continuing to take key steps to improve conditions for women soldiers. In particular, the Army describes two key initiatives the Federal Women’s Program (FWP) and Women in the Army (WITA) as such:
FWP is an integral resource in identifying problems and recommending solutions that eliminate discrimination and the under representation of women within the Army. While WITA’s mission is to is to enhance the readiness of the Army through the development and implementation of assignment policy for women within congressional mandates.
If you have been keeping up with this blog, you will notice that I am very impressed with the steps our military and specifically the US Army have been taking towards initiatives such as social media, mental health and a particular recruiting campaign. This is yet another time where I am happy to report that taking the issue of women equality seriously is something the US Army is doing. The issue of women’s equality in the workplace is still an on-going debate. Although when looking at purely entry level positions it seems as if it is split 50/50 amongst the sexes, but once we take a look at the leadership of organizations the men are clearly in the vast majority. Specific industries are also male dominated leaving only a select few number of women.
What really strikes me about the Army paying tribute on this year’s Women’s Equality day is that they recognize that there is a long way to go when it comes to women’s issues and they are taking necessary steps and have programs in place to try and make the situation better. I admire the honesty of showing where they are and what they are doing to improve conditions. It would be great if more companies would set-up mentoring programs for women as that seems to be one of the more helpful initiatives any organization can do. Having professional and personal relationships with women in senior positions in the corporate and government worlds, the one thing I hear often is the lack of mentoring among women towards each other. Mentoring is an incredibly important thing that everyone should be involved in regardless of your sex. It is my hope that women reading this post think about embracing mentoring no matter what level they are in their career as there is always someone out there that can use the words of wisdom willing to be shared. From first hand experience, not only do those words mean the world, they can also make a very big difference in someone’s life.