Fort Benning celebrates Women’s Equality Day


FORT BENNING, Ga- Nintey-six years ago today the Nineteenth Amendment passed, giving women the right to vote.In honor of it, Fort Benning held a Women’s Equality Day celebration.

Fort Benning welcomed Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson as the keynote speaker for today’s festivities.Tomlinson, the 69th mayor of Columbus, is the first woman elected to the city’s top spot. She credits strong women who came before her.

“So truly, I stood on the shoulders of giants. I had run that campaign so busy, talking about I was able, that I didn’t spend enough time talking about why I was able. And why I had that opportunity because of these great, great leaders who had come before me,” says Mayor Tomlinson.

General Eric Wesley noted it took years for the women’s suffrage movement to gain ground.

“It’s not too unironic that 96 years later, we commissioned our first woman into the Infantry Branch,” says General Wesley.

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