Celebrating Women’s History Month

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Karen Fenstermacher (right) presents Pennsylvania State Representative Sheryl Delozier with a plaque in appreciation for her speech in honor of Women’s History Month. (Photo by Jim Morrow)

     This year’s theme was, “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination.”

     Pennsylvania State Representative Sheryl Delozier served as the guest speaker for the event.  She is currently serving her third, two-year term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing residents of the 88th Legislative District in Cumberland County and Precinct 1 of Wormleysburg Borough.  Rep. Delozier also serves on the Consumer Affairs, Judiciary, Liquor Control and Labor & Industry committees and is a member of the House Committee on Ethics.

     NAVSUP Assistant Commander for Financial Management & Comptroller Karen Fenstermacher began the program by introducing Rep. Delozier.

     “In celebrating Women’s History Month, we pay tribute to the lives of women who have made great sacrifices, embarked upon meaningful endeavors, and torn down historic barriers of prejudices,” Fenstermacher said.  “This year marks the 26th year that our country has celebrated Women’s History Month.  However, the contributions of women go back much further.  From Jane Adams (Leader in Women’s Suffrage and First Woman to receive Nobel Peace Prize) to Lt. Britta Christianson (First female Supply Corps Officer to qualify in submarines), women have constantly strived to influence our nation, our citizens, and our families.”

     “In keeping with this theme, I have the great honor of introducing a woman whose drive, imagination, and spirit have led to a successful career as a public servant,” she added.

     Delozier began her speech by saying that each March, Women’s History Month is celebrated in schools and in the workplace, recognizing the heroines of yesterday and today and reflecting on how far we have come.  She quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson as saying, “a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.”

     “Ninety years ago, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was welcoming women legislators into their halls for the first time.  Like our female counterparts in 1923, women want to make a difference.  Historians have noted that the 1923-24 session was one of the most progressive in history and I for one attribute that to the addition of women lawmakers,” Delozier stated.

     In closing, she added, “we need to mentor and find ways for women to have an impact on our public policy and communities.”

     In conjunction with NAVSUP’s observance of Women’s History Month, employees donated gently used items to Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that provides interview appropriate clothing, employment retention programs, and confidence boosts to low-income women seeking employment.

     As Commander NAVSUP and Chief of Supply Corps, Rear Adm. Mark Heinrich recently wrote, “Let’s continue to recognize the everlasting contributions made by women who support the Navy today, tomorrow, and in the future.”

By Peggy Hoffman, NAVSUP Corporate Communications