News: Women’s Symposium empowers many
IWAKUNI, Japan - A group of Marines and sailors gathered to ask questions and learn from each other about females in the military at theWomen’s Symposium Sept. 6, 2012.
“A Women's Symposium is always important. Such an event reminds us of how women are making a difference in the Military and in the world,” said Petty Officer Third Class Renlee K. Cage, H&HS machinists mate. “Too often women and their contributions to our country go unnoticed. A Women's Symposium is a way to recognize and learn from women in the workplace.”
According to multiple military websites, women make up less than 15 percent of the total number of people in the military and that number is slowly rising. “To feel more empowered, women
should take more leadership roles, get involved with the community, and encourage other women that we can achieve anything that we strive for. Moreover, we should not be afraid to make mistakes. We learn from our mistakes, and then we move on,” said Cage.
There are more males in the military, but it shows the drive of
the women who fight to show the reason they deserve to be here.
“It's only fair that since the majority of the military is male, males have most of the top positions in the service. Women though, are slowly climbing up that ladder.”
As Marines and sailors of all different rank, age, sex, and
nationality asked each other difficult questions on what they have been through, many began to realize the impact women have
on the military.
“The Women’s Symposium is an opportunity to discuss the impact
of a gender integrated military,” said Lance Cpl. Mason A. McGerry,
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron permanent change of station clerk. “The vast importance of this event is to ensure misunderstanding and assumption does not create fear and unnecessary separation in the military.”
Everyone had their own ideas on why they came to the symposium,
but all left with a wealth of knowledge. “Before the symposium I hoped to learn the issues that we face in reference to the gender integrated military as well as what I could do to improve any situation that I may come across. I wasn't aware of how much concern there was for allegations of sexual harassment,” said McGerry.
There may be a wide variety of people in the military, but that
diversity allows it to overcome a wide number of challenges. “The differences are that we think, feel and react differently. This however does not imply either party is better suited, quite the contrary,” said McGerry. “If you have a piece missing from a machine, it most likely won't function or properly at least,” said McGerry. “The balance that is provided with estrogen and testosterone is essential, not only emotionally but also practically.”
Date Posted:09.14.2012 00:37
Location:IWAKUNI, YAMAGUCHI, JP
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