Runners prepare to begin running in the Aug. 29 Women’s Equality 5k Run on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. Photo by Katrina Moses

5k run event provides awareness, education about Women’s Equality Day

According to Britannica’s Women’s Equality Day page, Aug. 26, 1970, marked the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which granted American women the right to vote and was ratified Aug. 18, 1920.

The different demonstrations organized by women across the nation in 1970 garnered press coverage and drew significant attention to the feminist movement. In 1971, Congress officially recognized Aug. 26 as Women’s Equality Day.

JBM-HH Commander Col. Kimberly Peeples provided a history of the holiday to attendees before the race. Peeples finished her remarks by telling participants to have a safe, fun run.

Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Friese, The Old Guard equal opportunity advisor, said he hoped everyone learned the education and awareness piece that accompanied the 5k.

“The hope is that (attendees) get awareness of the observance that we hold in August —Women’s Equality Day,” Friese said. “The whole part of these observances (is) to bring awareness and education.”

Friese said there are two women commanders in Headquarters and Headquarters Company in The Old Guard that have the majority of the women in the organization. He said they were in attendance at the race while their units participated.

Capt. Christa Harrop is one of those commanders. She said she hopes that the observance will push others to continue to pursue equality.

“I really hope it’s to continue pursuing equality for all,” Harrop said. “It’s a good recognition of our history, how far we progressed and continuing to pursue that equality.”

The following runners were named top male and female runners as well as the top unit award:

First place male — Pfc. Joshua Owino

First place female — Staff Sgt. Erin Morgan

Unit award — Company A, 4th Battalion 3rd Infantry Regiment, had the most people to participate in the run.

By Katrina Wilson

Pentagram Staff Writer