March recognizes women's accomplishments

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- March 3, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the 22nd proclamation that recognizes March as National Women's History Month. In this proclamation the President states, "Countless women have steered the course of our history, and their stories are ones of steadfast determination. From reaching for the ballot box to breaking barriers on athletic fields and battlefields, American women have stood resolute in the face of adversity and overcome obstacles to realize their full measure of success. Women's History Month is an opportunity for us to recognize the contributions women have made to our nation, and to honor those who blazed trails for women's empowerment and equality."

Women have exhibited courage throughout the years. They have changed the mindset of our nation from limiting the abilities and potential of women, to recognizing the great leadership and capabilities of women and the role they have played and continue to play as our nation sets the example for all other countries across the globe. Today, women hold positions such as CEOs of private companies, government officials and senior commissioned and noncommissioned officers in all branches of the military.

Many special observances we as a nation celebrate focus on deep traditions and heritage associated with a specific culture. Women's History Month recognizes those accomplishments and contributions of those women who are not that much different than our grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, cousins and friends. It is a time to expand our knowledge of individuals who contributed to shaping of our country into the great nation that it is.

Incirlik's Library has many books on famous women and women's history. Anyone can check out a wide selection of books to share with their children or just enlighten one's self. Incirlik will celebrate during the month of March through a variety of educational avenues to enlighten all Incirlik members. Please listen to American Forces Network radio and watch the Commander's Access Channel channel for history lesson on the significant contributions that women have made in our country. Women's history will also be highlighted during the Annual Diversity Day celebration June 6th. For more information, contact the Equal Opportunity Office at 676-6210.