All races, all backgrounds, all periods of the past — Fort Benning’s celebration of Women’s History Month will span these divisions and more, said Sgt. 1st Class Jean Thomas, NCOIC for the Women’s History Month Luncheon.
“It’s a celebration of women, no matter what color they are, no matter where they’re from or what they’ve done — that’s what I like about it,” she said. “It celebrates women as a whole and doesn’t separate.”
The luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17 at the Benning Conference Center, is centered around the theme “Our History is Our Strength.”
Thomas said the theme refers to the way women of the past have paved the way for the modern woman and for society at large.
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Visitors can learn about the great “firsts” in women’s history, such as Amelia Earhart, Sojourner Truth and Gen. Ann Dunwoody, with a slideshow presentation before the ceremony.
The guest speaker will be Carole Rutland, executive director of RiverWay South, a nonprofit organization designed to protect the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint watershed. Besides her work with RiverWay South, Rutland stays involved in the community as a board member for the National Infantry Museum Foundation, the River Valley Regional Commission, Columbus Regional Hospital and the Board of Commissioners for Columbus Water Works.
Although the program is focused on women’s history, it’s an educational and valuable event for men and women, Thomas said.
“It’s for everybody,” she said. “It’s important for everybody to know and recognize the impact women have had. They have done so many things.”
Entertainment includes the Wynnton Elementary School girls chorus and a recitation of Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman.
Tickets are $8.50 and include a buffet lunch.
For more information or tickets, contact your equal opportunity adviser by Monday or call 706-544-9026.