Women’s History Month draws to a close
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- A retreat ceremony attended by more than 60 people wrapped up Women's History Month here March 28. Since 1987, the month of March, deemed Women's History Month, has been recognized to highlight the contributions of women throughout history and in today's society.
"I think, like all observances, it is wise to remember how important diversity in a team is," said Master Sgt. Wenesday Traylor, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant. "It is good to celebrate the accomplishments of great people."
Festivities for Women's History Month at Misawa kicked off March 1 with a cake cutting ceremony at the Exchange. The base community was also invited to a mid-month leadership panel where women spoke to them about their accomplishments, the struggles they've faced and answered any questions they had.
"I feel as a female Airman working with mostly males, I tried way too hard to fit in with the guys instead of being myself," said Traylor. "It took me a while to figure out that I did not have to act like one of the guys to fit in."
She went on to say that perception and stereotypes are a part of human nature.
"We still have some work to do in this area, but I don't hear them or have to battle them as often as I used too and that is promising," said Traylor. "I am sure some folks have heard some of the stereotypes - "you got pregnant to get off the flightline", "you got that award because you are a girl" and the classic "you should wear a skirt to the board if you want to win senior airman below the zone"."
During the retreat ceremony, 1st Lt. Rachel Myers, 35th Medical Group Women's History Month co-coordinator, thanked the base community, leadership and organizations for their help and support.
"To me, the retreat ceremony symbolizes the ability of our military to come together and recognize women's presence in the armed forces and our role in the mission," said Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Montag, 35th Medical Support Squadron patient movement technician.