Women's Equality Day
By Debra Straight , 15 AW/IG
/ Published August 26, 2008
HICKAM AFB, HAWAII -- On Wednesday, 20 Aug 08, the Hickam Federal Women's Program sponsored a brown bag luncheon commemorating Women's Equality Day. The guest speaker was
Lieutenant Colonel Shirlene Ostrov, Commander, 735th Air Mobility Squadron, Hickam AFB.
The equality message she shared with the many guests in attendance was, "Be the change you want to be". As a first generation American born in Hawaii, she exemplifies this message in her various roles as American Airman, dutiful daughter, loving wife, and nurturing mother of twin daughters, and she stands as an example for all to emulate.
Lieutenant Colonel Ostrov believes that leadership starts inside your head and your heart. "Leadership takes work" she said, and advised we "marshal our arguments and be smart about it." Do not fear failure she suggests, as "failure is your friend...change your wounds to wisdom! Leaders never give up!"
Since 1971, 26 August of each year is designated in the United States as Women's Equality Day. That date was selected to commemorate the passage of our 19th Amendment (the Woman Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution) which gave women full voting rights in 1920. Additionally, according to the National Women's History Project, Women's Equality Day celebrates women's continuing efforts toward full equality.