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Goodfellow celebrates Women's Equality Day

Retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen Prince, Central High School Junior ROTC instructor, reminisces about her time with the Women in the Air Force program before being allowed to join the regular Air Force during her speech for Women’s Equality day at the Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2018. Prince shared moments from her career and how the opportunities for women have increased since she joined in 1975. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen Prince, Central High School Junior ROTC instructor, reminisces about her time with the Women in the Air Force program before being allowed to join the regular Air Force during her speech for Women’s Equality Day at the Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2018. Prince shared moments from her career and how the opportunities for women have increased since she joined in 1975. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Goodfellow service members welcome retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen Prince back to Goodfellow for a speech about her time in the military for Women’s Equality Day at the Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2018. Prince was stationed at Goodfellow several times during her career with the Air Force and now teaches junior ROTC cadets at Central High School in San Angelo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Goodfellow service members welcome retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen Prince back to Goodfellow for a speech about her time in the military for Women’s Equality Day at the Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2018. Prince was stationed at Goodfellow several times during her career with the Air Force and now teaches Junior ROTC cadets at Central High School in San Angelo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion commander, presents retired Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen Prince with a certificate of appreciation for speaking during the Women’s Equality Day event at Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2018. The 344th MI BN hosted the event in honor of Women’s Equality Day held annually to celebrate the signing of the Nineteenth Amendment allowing American women the right to vote. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion commander, presents retired Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen Prince with a certificate of appreciation for speaking during the Women’s Equality Day event at Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2018. The 344th MI BN hosted the event in honor of Women’s Equality Day held annually to celebrate the signing of the Nineteenth Amendment allowing American women the right to vote. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

A leadership panel of service members from Goodfellow answer questions about their careers and the changes they have seen in the attitudes toward women over the years at the Women’s Equality Day event at Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2018. The panel was asked a variety of prepared questions along with any the audience had about careers and the changes in the service toward women and their opportunities in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

A leadership panel of service members from Goodfellow answer questions about their careers and the changes they have seen in the attitudes toward women over the years at the Women’s Equality Day event at Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 24, 2018. The panel was asked a variety of prepared questions along with any the audience had about careers and the changes in the service toward women and their opportunities in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Goodfellow service members celebrated Women’s Equality Day with food and questions for a leadership panel at the Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Aug. 24.

Hosted by one of Goodfellow’s tenant units, the Army’s 344th Military Intelligence Battalion, the event started with a reading from “How Women won the Vote” by Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr. Highlighting the struggle and hard work that women made during the American Women Suffrage Movement.

Established in 1973, Women’s Equality Day is celebrated annually on Aug. 26, to remember the day that the Women’s Suffrage Movement won women in America the right to vote in 1919. It also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.

The reading was followed by guest speaker, retired Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen Prince, Central High School Junior ROTC instructor, recounting her time in the Air Force.

“I only ever had one person tell me they had a problem with me being in the military and doing my job as a woman,” said Prince. “I just let them know that as long as it didn’t prevent me from doing my job, they were entitled to their own opinion, we never had a problem after that.”

After Prince shared her experiences in the military and the differences she has seen throughout the years, a joint service leadership panel relayed their experiences and how to tackle the negativity that may come with being a woman in the military.

Before and after the event, individuals had the opportunity to look at displays of women who played key roles in the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

One of the highlighted individuals included Susan B. Anthony, an American social reformer and women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Beginning at the age of 16, she collected petitions, organized conventions and was a part of the Underground Railroad.

The Nineteenth Amendment, which guaranteed the right of American women to vote, was colloquially known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment. She also became the first actual woman to be depicted on U.S. coinage, when her portrait appeared on the 1979 dollar coin.

Chief Master Sgt. Shae Gee, 17th Training Group superintendent, highlighted how women are no longer barred from any job in the military.

“Even when I joined there was an image that everyone was trying to preserve about women not being in combat occupations,” said Gee. “That has changed, now as long as you can meet the criteria for that job you can take it, doesn’t matter your gender.”