Historic women celebrated

Ethel Meyer, the first female flying instructor for the U.S. Army at Shaw Field, S.C. and a member of the Women’s Army Service Pilots, stands on the wing of a basic aircraft trainer to give instructions to U.S. Army Lt. John F. R. Scott, student officer in training, circa 1943, above, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Diena Mosely, 20th Medical Group superintendent, presents a gift to Vivian Fleming-McGhaney, Sumter County Council chairman, 20th Fighter Wing honorary commander and guest speaker during a Women’s Equality Day breakfast, after her speech about historical female figures’ fight for equality at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Aug. 26, 2016

Ethel Meyer, the first female flying instructor for the U.S. Army at Shaw Field, S.C. and a member of the Women’s Army Service Pilots, stands on the wing of a basic aircraft trainer to give instructions to U.S. Army Lt. John F. R. Scott, student officer in training, circa 1943, above, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Diena Mosely, 20th Medical Group superintendent, presents a gift to Vivian Fleming-McGhaney, Sumter County Council chairman, 20th Fighter Wing honorary commander and guest speaker during a Women’s Equality Day breakfast, after her speech about historical female figures’ fight for equality at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Aug. 26, 2016. (Photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Ethel Meyer, the first female flying instructor for the U.S. Army at Shaw Field, S.C. and a member of the Women’s Army Service Pilots, stands on the wing of a basic aircraft trainer to give instructions to U.S. Army Lt. John F. R. Scott, student officer in training, circa 1943, above, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Diena Mosely, 20th Medical Group superintendent, presents a gift to Vivian Fleming-McGhaney, Sumter County Council chairman, 20th Fighter Wing honorary commander and guest speaker during a Women’s Equality Day breakfast, after her speech about historical female figures’ fight for equality at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Aug. 26, 2016.

In 1972, Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day, in commemoration of the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. The observance of Women’s Equality Day provides an opportunity to honor the achievements made for gender equality, from winning women’s right to vote to the more recent opening of military combat roles to everyone.