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Women’s Diversity Concert at the Navy Memorial
March 27, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
\Women’s Diversity Concert – free, live performance by the U.S. Navy Band held at the United States Navy Memorial in honor of Women’s History Month. The concert, featuring MU1 Shana Sullivan and the Cruisers, will tell the story of women’s growing role in the U.S. Navy through a musical performance accompanied by videos, photography and a narrative component.
Women have served as an integral part of the United States Navy since the establishment of the Nurse Corps in 1908. Nine years later, the Navy authorized the enlistment of women as “Yeomanettes,” and in 1948, the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act was signed, allowing women to enter the Navy in regular or reserve status. In 1972, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment, opening Recruit Officer Training Command to women and making it possible for females to enlist in all ratings. Today, women represent more than 15% of the Navy’s sailors and command numerous operational and shore units.
The Women’s Diversity Concert is part of a series that celebrates different ethnicities in the Navy. An upcoming performance will pay homage to Asian-Pacific Islanders (date TBD).
COST:Free and open to the public. No RSVP required, but seating is limited.
For more information about the U.S. Navy Band, please call 202-433-3366 or visit www.navyband.navy.mil.
Learn more about the United States Navy Memorial at www.navymemorial.org.