There’s something magical about listening to women talk about leadership roles and what it means to be a Navy woman.
This is especially true given legislative changes in 2015. After more than a century of volunteer work that eventually opened the door to full-time employment across all branches of America’s armed forces, women won the right to fight on the front-lines.
This progress is a testament to the efforts of so many women in history who fought for women’s equality.
What’s particularly compelling, however, are the voices of the many women who proudly see themselves as fully capable and equal to men. Today’s focus gives voice to these women and hearing what their service means to them.
In countries like Germany, Canada, France, and Israel, women have served in combat roles for many years. In fact, this is true for about a dozen countries so the status of women in the U.S. Navy seems overdue. This doesn’t minimize the incredible trailblazing work of women like Joy Bright Hancock, whose efforts to build progress are finally vindicated. It merely underscores what Joy and all of us know – that women are capable of anything.
Joy set women on an evolutionary course of empowerment for women in the Navy more than seventy years ago. Those serving in the Navy today represent what Joy envisioned. As you listen to the women in the “Navy Women Redefined” video below, it’s obvious their shared values are manifest in a special bond. There’s a pact, if you will, that demonstrates the power of a shared mission where women are not only strengthened by each other but also by the support of a more equitable Navy.
The Navy has transformed who they are – proud officers defined by their work. The obvious bonds of sisterhood are strong and their sense of self-worth tugs at a fundamental truth for most of us. Who doesn’t want the opportunity to feel valued and contribute to the world in a larger way? Experiencing a life rich in meaning translates into a larger call to give of oneself.
WomanScape salutes the sacrifice and celebrates everyone in the service, especially the women soldiers and sailors whose dedication continues to narrow remaining gender divides in our world.
Their duty represents truth, democracy, and freedom.