By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Jose L. Hernandez, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest
Bremerton, Wash. — Sailors assigned to Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bremerton and commands in Navy Region Northwest attended a Women’s History Month observance at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) auditorium, March 25.
The event kicked off with a presentation highlighting the achievements of distinguished women throughout our nation’s history, it recognized the stories, struggles and victories of the women who helped shape this nation and make it into the country it is today.
“These women paved the way to equality for women of future generations and had a big impact on women’s roles in America,” said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Lisa Hood, from Susanville, Calif. “Equal treatment and equality in today’s workplace is everyone’s responsibility, regardless of gender; I believe that is the true legacy these brave women left behind.”
Bremerton Mayor and keynote speaker Patty Lent spoke of her experience and memories as a community leader and advocated women’s participation within their communities.
“There isn’t such a thing as starting too young or too early when it comes to women becoming involved with their communities or making a change in history,” said Lent. “Women both young and old have made big impacts in our history, but despite these contributions the role of women in American history has been underrepresented in the teachings of history itself. This is why events like these celebrate the accomplishments and impact women have had on our nation are both important and valuable to our communities.”
At the conclusion of the event, Sailors were given the chance to a ask questions to Mayor Lent and were given the opportunity to browse the static displays in the auditorium.
“It’s important to celebrate our history and acknowledge where we came from and where we are now,” said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Brittany Parker, from Desert Center, Calif. “However, we do have more steps to take towards equality, and looking at these women’s lives and what they went through really helps to put things into perspective.”