Women’s History Month is in its third week and Ramstein hosted its annual luncheon Monday to celebrate some of the great women who helped forge history.
This year’s theme is women inspiring innovation through imagination.
“This year is dedicated to celebrating women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Master Sgt. Richard Cring, 86th Security Forces Squadron NCOIC of commander support staff. “McMullen is just one of the many women who encompasses all of these traits. The event was able to bring her out to the community and provide them with the opportunity to hear her story.”
Dr. Dell W. McMullen, Kaisers-lautern school district superintendent and luncheon guest speaker, talked about issues close to her heart.
“With the extraordinary talent and the incredible aptitude that we find in our students we can work together to directly influence the choices they make and the consequences they meet,” she said. “It is our hope that we will see all our students use math and science as an aspect of their everyday life.”
Historically, it has been a struggle for women in the military, but there have been those who made a difference for themselves, their communities, the nation and the world.
“Women’s History Month is important because it’s essential that we highlight women in the military as well as women in general who work hard to get where they are,” Cring said. “It’s important that we take that moment to recognize their contributions and everything they do for the military and note that their efforts in society don’t go unnoticed.”
Since 1987, the month of March has been set aside to recognize and celebrate the multicultural history of American women in schools, work places and communities throughout the country.
“As I’ve volunteered for this luncheon, I’ve come to realize just how important it is,” Cring said. “This event started to show just how much influence the women around me have had on my career and how much they have an impact on others as well.”
Throughout the month, the Ramstein Women’s History Month committee hosted a number of events to recognize women and inform the base. The events included book readings for children, booths to quiz knowledge, the annual luncheon and the final professional development seminar.
“I hope that attendees of this luncheon as well as participants of Women’s History Month will recognize the effort women contribute,” said Capt. April Brown, chairwoman of the Women’s History Month committee. “I hope they have become more knowledgeable on the role women play.”