USS Emory S. Land Heritage Committee Celebrates Women’s Equality Day

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Austin Ingram NAVAL BASE GUAM – (Aug. 19, 2015) – Sailors from submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) celebrated Women’s Equality Day 2015 […]

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Austin Ingram

NAVAL BASE GUAM – (Aug. 19, 2015) – Sailors from submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) celebrated Women’s Equality Day 2015 by recreating a 1920s-style debate on women’s suffrage.

Legalman 1st Class Stephanie Burton and Yeoman 3rd Class Wynston Robertson performed in the mock debate, organized by the Heritage Committee, on the topic of women’s right to vote. They presented viewpoints of a well-educated woman and a working-class man that may have been expressed during the time period prior to the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

“This event and others like it helps Sailors get a good grasp on how far we have come as a nation,” said Burton. “At one point women were not allowed to vote and now we have two women running for president. This is an amazing triumph for women’s equality.”

Following the debate, the audience had the opportunity to cast votes as though they were members of the Tennessee House of Representatives, who on August 18, 1920 voted on ratification of the 19th Amendment. The Heritage Committee simulated the result of the vote as a tie and had Legalman 1st Class Demetric Hart, the president of the Heritage Committee, cast the final vote in favor of ratification to illustrate how one vote made the difference in Tennessee’s ratification. Tennessee’s ratification of the 19th amendment marked the 36th state to adopt it and provided the final state needed for amendment to the Constitution.

Also during the celebration, Engineman Fireman Raychele White, a Heritage Committee member, shared a short piece she wrote about female oppression and the steps women have taken to overcome it.

Emory S. Land is a forward deployed expeditionary submarine tender on an extended deployment conducting coordinated tended moorings and afloat maintenance in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet area of responsibility. To learn more about USS Emory S. Land check out its Facebook page.