General Messages Weekly Round-up

All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information.

Women’s Equality Day 2016

Today is Women’s Equality Day – a day to commemorate the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote and essentially giving women the ability to bring so much more to the table. This year marks 40 years since the Coast Guard Academy opened its doors to women, but long before women could enlist in the reserves or regular service, or become active duty officers, women have played a key role in shaping the Coast Guard. Let’s take time today to remember our own Coast Guard women! Read this post to learn about the history of women in the Coast Guard.

Lt. Raphael Sadowtiz reads the Joint Resolution of Congress from 1971, prior to the race start. The resolution designated August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Juan Serrano.

Running for Women’s Equality

August 26 marks the 95th Anniversary of the Woman’s Suffrage Movement, a day which memorializes the fight for equal rights and celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment on August 20, 1920. Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma held a Woman’s Equality Day Race to celebrate this pivotal day in history and honor the pioneers who fought for women’s equality.