|By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
past 89 years, women have continued to struggle to make improvements in
their lives and to build on the passage of the 19th amendment to the
U.S. Constitution, which allowed women the right to vote, said Rosemary
Denman, the chief of staff for the 88th Regional Support Command (RSC),
told members of the Fort McCoy community at a Women’s Equality Day
observance Aug. 27 that women continue to work to build a balance
between their work and private lives.
Rosemary Denman addresses a large
audience attending the Fort McCoy Women’s Equality Day luncheon
held Aug. 27. (Photo by
Although women often still are seeking equal pay, access to quality
childcare, sick day care, etc., women have made many notable advances,
such as getting more and more top positions. Denman said these include
the current speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi,
Hillary Clinton, a serious contender for the presidency, and the
military’s first four-star general Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commander of
the Army Materiel Command.
According to the Office of Personnel Management, the number of women and
minorities in top-level leadership and more technical career positions
is rising steadily every year.
“We always need to be going forward and gaining,” Denman said. “We can
make things better for the next generation. Each one of us can remake
the world as it should be.”
The day serves as a tribute not only to famous women, but to everyday
women. Denman said these women, with whom people interact regularly, can
teach, and provide direction and inspiration to help women achieve their
Denman, herself, has reached a high-ranking position as she provides
supervision to an organization with nearly 300 personnel, including
Department of the Army civilians, military technicians, Active
Guard/Reserve and troop program unit Soldiers. The 88th RSC is a new
two-star (major general) command that started standing up at Fort McCoy
about two-and-one-half years ago as the result of a Base Realignment and
Closure action. During her civilian career, she has served in many key
senior civilian leadership positions for more than 26 years.
Women also have made many strides in the military and now serve in about
80 percent of the jobs open to Soldiers, said Denman, a retired Army
command sergeant major. Female Soldiers can drive Humvees, serve in
escort details, as military police and fly planes and helicopters, which
brings them under the threat of attack, just as their male counterparts,
Women can serve as mentors to help other women keep their sights set
Lt. Col. Annie Jackson (left),
Fort McCoy Garrison Deputy Commander, presents a certificate of
achievement to Rosemary Denman, the guest speaker at Fort McCoy
Women's Equality Day observance Aug. 27.
(Photo by Val Hyde)
(An Extra to The Real McCoy Online)
If people meet three challenges, they can help women and others meet
their goals. The challenges are 1) Always be tenacious and resourceful;
2) Give women the tools they need to help themselves, such as getting
skills and training for their jobs; 3) Understand the importance of
“In my career, I did not have any female mentors,” said Denman, who
encouraged women to become mentors. “Mentors are a prime source of
advice. If we all work together and meet these challenges, we will be
More information about how to become a mentor and mentorship
opportunities can be found on the Army Knowledge Online site.
Lt. Col. Annie Jackson, Fort McCoy garrison deputy commander, said women
need to have the courage, determination and perseverance to make it.
Many women were involved in making the passage of the 19th amendment a
reality, and many more women have been involved in moving women farther
In her case, the women who preceded her helped her to become the first
female garrison deputy commander in Fort McCoy’s 100-year history.
The event was sponsored by the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office
at Fort McCoy. For more information about future EEO events at Fort
McCoy, call 608-388-3106.