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“Our History is Our Strength”

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ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- For generations, women of every race, social class and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our nation. To honor their contributions, America designates the month of March as Women's History. Take a moment to think of the women who have made a difference and influenced your life.

The 2011 Women's History Month theme is, "Our History is Our Strength." President Barack Obama issued the 2011 national proclamation stating, "In honor of the pioneering women who came before us, and in recognition of those who will come after us, this month, we recommit to erasing the remaining inequities facing women in our day."

During the 1970s, women's history was virtually unknown in the K-12 school curriculum. Today, children are able to learn and understand the importance of women's history. This is a remarkable educational growth. If we do not take time to recognize women's history, our influence and dreams can be instantly diminished.

According to the proclamation, women have reached heights their mothers and grandmothers may only have imagined. From scaling the skies as astronauts to serving our country at the highest levels, women have broken down many barriers to pursue their dreams.

Taking time to celebrate contributions made by women throughout history exemplifies the strength of our nation's women. Mae Jemison, the first female African American astronaut said, "Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination."

Models of accomplished women can be seen throughout history.

Maj. Gen. Jeanne Holm was the first Air Force woman promoted to brigadier general. Sandra Day O'Conner was the first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. These women are examples of not allowing anyone to limit the ideas they imagined for themselves.

Although this month honors the premiere accomplishments of women, we remain a diverse service and nation. In the generations to come we will rise above more obstacles in an effort to continue progress to ensure there are no limits for our children.

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